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Mario Balotelli warned over conduct

August 21, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has told Mario Balotelli to accept refereeing decisions and stop answering back to officials in future.

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The Italy international was booked for a foul on Jeffrey Bruma in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven and he risked receiving a second warning by constantly questioning the referee. While Allegri has praised the former Manchester City forward for his overall improved conduct, he says he must still learn to keep his mouth shut in certain situations.

"He played well and, apart from his technical quality, which is incredible, I was also pleased with the way he was when not in possession," Allegri said. "He’s improved a lot too in terms of his character, but the referees have got to be left alone because, in the long term, these yellow cards start to mount up and suspensions arrive so he’s got to avoid certain behaviour."

Balotelli was booked six times in 13 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri last season, missing one game through an automatic suspension and a further one for insulting an assistant referee at the end of Milan’s defeat to Fiorentina. He was therefore ruled out of important league clashes with Napoli and Juventus.

He risked missing the decisive second leg against PSV next Wednesday on what he said was a frustrating night in Eindhoven.

On Wednesday morning Balotelli offered his own assessment of the game from his official Twitter account.

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