Catania coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says Francesco Totti's vicious kick out at Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been overblown.

The Roma captain was sent off for his assault on Balotelli during last week's Coppa Italia final and has been condemned by many inside Italian football and politics.

"I don't like Totti, but I've seen worse than the kick he gave to Balotelli," said Mihajlovic.

"It's not nice for a champion to do such things, but I will justify him. These things happen."