Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic has urged the media to lay-off Mario Balotelli after his Champions League dismissal in midweek.

"It's Friday and we're still talking about it. Perhaps this may be the problem, putting too much pressure on him, we should leave him in peace," Stankovic said in an interview with Sky Italia.

"Surely, the more time that passes, the more responsibility and awareness he must have. [These things] can happen, leave him be, he knows he was wrong.

"Nobody can say we would have drawn if it was 11 versus 11, perhaps we would have lost."