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AC Milan bad boy Balotelli apologises, says he was provoked

The Italian forward apologies to the fans, referee and his teammates

Reuters, Thursday 26 Sep 2013
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AC Milan's Mario Balotelli walks on the pitch during the Champions League group H soccer match between AC Milan and Celtic, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Photo: AP)
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Maverick AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has apologised for a sending-off against Napoli which earned him a three-match ban but claimed he was provoked.

Balotelli was dismissed for arguing with the referee at the end of Sunday's 2-1 home defeat and suspended the following day.

"I apologise to my team mates, who train hard every day. I also apologise to the referee," he said in an interview with Sky Sports Italia. "I reacted the wrong way to provocation.

"Mario has made a mistake," he added. "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."

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