Roma captain Francesco Totti has hit back at politicians criticising him for lashing out at Mario Balotelli.

Totti was sent off for kicking Inter Milan striker Balotelli during their defeat in the Coppa Italia final.

The Roma attacker snapped: "Politicians and VIPs have gone wild in their comments and judgment, but these are the people who only take advantages and visibility from football.

"They sit in the hospitality areas of the stadium, invite players to events, ask for autographs and club shirts. All free, of course..."