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Soccer: Balotelli will learn 'with love', says Prandelli

Forward set for another ban after rude gesture in Cagliari

27 January, 16:23
Soccer: Balotelli will learn 'with love', says Prandelli (ANSA) - Milan, January 27 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said Monday that he was confident AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli will overcome his disciplinary problems if he is given support and "love".

The 23-year-old forward was booked after scoring a superb free kick to help Milan to a comeback 2-1 win at Cagliari on Sunday to give Clarence Seedorf his second consecutive league triumph since taking over as coach of the struggling Serie A giants.

Balotelli was punished for directing a rude sexual gesture at home fans who had abused him.

The yellow card means the gifted, volatile forward will be handed the latest in a long series of suspensions.

"Balotelli will learn," Prandelli said. "It will take a lot of love.

"He's a guy who we give a lot to and who is very important for Milan.

"I'm sure that, with Seedorf's help, we'll bring out the goodness that Mario has inside".