The 20-year-old is not needed for what is essentially a dead rubber and has been spared the possibility of a repeat of the recent racist insults he received when playing for his national team.
Balotelli is relieved not to have that problem in England.
He said: "The day I arrived at City it was three black boys who asked first for my autograph, and I presented them with my white cap.
"I am proud to be black and Italian. I've learned from my family that no-one is "upside down" simply because he speaks, prays or thinks differently.
"I do not know what more I can say about these things.
"Maybe these people came to the game because they do not even have a television set at home."
Balotelli added: "I have learned through experience that it is better to ignore them and pretend nothing has happened but thank God I do not have to know the people who are insulting me."