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Prandelli defends selection of AC Milan striker Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has defended the selection of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Prandelli has called up Balotelli despite his latest suspension.

"I can't add another punishment to a punishment," said Prandelli. "Had there not been a midweek round of League games then Balotelli would not be here.

"His three-match ban expired today, after yesterday's Juventus-Milan, so that is why he has been selected.

"I have never called up a suspended player before. The rules are clear, I don't see the need for controversies."

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