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Prandelli defends antics of AC Milan striker Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has played down AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli's latest round of antics.

Prandelli touched on Balotelli's recent indiscretion in Naples, that saw him strike out at a cameraman.

"Sometimes the Press against Mario is exaggerated, even is sometimes he makes mistakes.

"I do not want to talk about it anymore. I have taken the same position as [FIGC President Giancarlo] Abete - this matter is now closed.

"I want to talk about the football. Yesterday Mario had a good training session, so we'll have to see if he's fit enough to start.

"He did not seem to have any problems today though."

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