“He asked me for help,”

“He is sorry for what happened, he knows he was stupid and he asked how he can stop himself from destroying everything,” said Prandelli.

Roberto Mancini recently persuaded Manchester City to pay £22.5 million pounds, about $37 million, to sign Balotelli. Mancini benched Balotelli to the bench for City's match last Sunday against Chelsea, City lost the crucial match.

“Our ethical code goes on, at all costs,” said Prandelli.

He also ommited Italy’s experienced midfield hard man, Daniele De Rossi from his squad traveling to Slovenia after De Rossi was caught on video elbowing an opponent during the Champions League defeat that Roma suffered at Donetsk.

The principled Prandelli will not tolerate reckless, violent acts in his Azzurri.

“One must try to win,” Prandelli says, “but my project is focused on players of a certain caliber. To be credible, we must be loyal, and be sportsmen.”

The exclusion of both players is for one game only.

 “We shall see for the game in Kiev.”

Balotelli was reportedly fined two weeks’ salary, almost £300,000, for his violent foul, and for letting the team down as well.

Super Mario was asked why he does not celebrate more when he scores a goal. 

“Why should I smile because I score a goal?”

“It’s the job I am there to do.”

José Mourinho has described him as “unmanageable.” Mourinho won the Champions League, the Italian league and the Italian Cup last year, with Balotelli largely reduced to the sidelines.

Roberto Mancini, who gave Balotelli the central striker’s role at Inter when Balotelli was 17 and took him to Manchester City, speaks of feeling betrayed. “I trusted him 100 percent,” says Mancini. “But after this, it is very difficult to trust him. He has to stop losing control.”

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