Massimiliano Allegri has warned Mario Balotelli, to stop behaving like a child and start behaving like a champion.
The AC Milan boss was speaking about Sunday’s incident, when the Italy international was dismissed very late on, as the Rossoneri suffered a 2-1 defeat to Napoli in the Serie A.
Although Allegri admitted that Balotelli needs protection, he also advised him to stop reacting rashly.
“Mario has made a mistake, penalising the team, club and the fans and he must change this,” the coach told media men on Tuesday.
“Balotelli should help referees to protect him because if another player had suffered the fouls he did on Sunday then they would have whistled. The referees should be left alone because they can be influenced by negative attitudes.
“Mario is 23-years-old, he is no longer a child and to be a champion you have to have a correct behaviour because you are an example for all those who look up to you. I hope for him he benefits from it and realises that he’s put the team and the club in difficulty.
“You have to go on the pitch thinking about doing well. When you finish the game you need to go in the dressing room, accept what happened and think of working to do better. The club will decide what to do about Mario.”
Milan, who are currently in 11th position, will play Bologna on Wednesday.