Soccer: Milan won't appeal Balotelli's 3-match ban
Italy forward used 'abusive, intimidatory language'24 September, 14:09
On Monday Serie A's sporting judge gave Balotelli a two-match ban for directing abusive and intimidatory language at the referee on top of the automatic one-game suspension he got for being sent off after the final whistle after a second yellow card for dissent.
The talented-yet-volatile 23-year-old, whose career has been dogged by incidents of indiscipline, is set to miss Milan's visit to Bologna on Wednesday, their home match against Sampdoria on Saturday and next week's showdown with champions Juventus. He also risks not being called up for Italy's next game in accordance with the code of conduct coach Cesare Prandelli has imposed on the national team and applied by dropping Balotelli and other players in the past. Initially Milan indicated they would appeal but sources at the club said that "ethical reasons" were behind the decision not to do so.
The seven-time European champions, however, still intend to appeal against the decision to close a stand at the San Siro stadium for their next home match, after Milan fans taunted Napoli supporters for their southern Italian origins Sunday.
The punishment was handed down under stiff new regulations to combat racism in Italian football.