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.
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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