Andrea Pirlo: I warned Balotelli about “silly booking”

Mario Balotelli

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The forward was booked for lifting his shirt after scoring the winner against Mexico in their Group A contest on Sunday, which means that another yellow card would see him getting banned for one game.

The AC Milan forward says he wasn’t aware of such a rule, claiming that “nobody told me” about this.

Asked about the rule immediately after the game he said: “Really? Nobody told me.”

However, Pirlo, who himself was on target in the game with a brilliant free-kick, congratulate Balotelli on his goal, but said he warned the former Manchester City striker about picking up silly cards – adding that he personally told him about the rules.

“I want to congratulate him for his goal, but also give him a little smack,” Pirlo said. “I did tell him before the game.

“I specifically told him not to get a silly booking because, with two, you’re out. What are you going to do?”

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was also disappointed with Balotelli’s decision to pick up a needless yellow card.

“Mario needs to stop showing off his muscles,” Prandelli said. “With celebrations like that, he’s only going to pick up pointless yellow cards.”


Omar Hall is a passionate writer. He covers several big events for SportingAlert, including the World Cup and European Championship. Omar is a fan of sports and is honored to do what he loves.

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