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Mario Balotelli Says Sorry for Red Card in AC Milan vs. Napoli in Third Person

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mario Balotelli of AC Milan appears dejected during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at San Siro Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 27, 2013

Mario Balotelli has been handed a three-game ban after a horror game for AC Milan against Napoli.

The Italian not only saw his perfect 26-of-26 run on penalties come to an end, but his team slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home, and he picked up a red card for intimidating the referee as well.

After a few days to cool down, an apology has followed—and it's typical Balotelli.

Yes, there's an apology. There's also an excuse. Even better, there are gratuitous references to himself in the third person.

The quotes are from Sky Sports News, via their sister company in Italy:

"I apologise to my team-mates, who train hard every day. I also apologise to the referee," he told Sky Sports Italia. "I reacted the wrong way to provocation.

"Mario has made a mistake. He has been provoked and made a mistake in reacting.

"If Mario makes a bad mistake, Mario should be punished. But against Napoli it was the same old story, the fouls against me didn't count for anything, I was the only one who could do anything wrong."

Helpfully, former boss Roberto Mancini has chipped in with some advice about controlling his temper, according to the Daily Express:

There is only one way to end this and that is for Mario to learn to resist those anger attacks. He must break that spiral. If word spread that he no longer reacted to that, then he would not be a target.

Balotelli sat out Milan's midweek clash against Bologna. He will also miss Serie A fixtures against Sampdoria and Juventus.

Milan have had a lacklustre start to the campaign, and sit 12th in the table after five matches with just five points on the board.

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