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No Italy Call-up For Ex-Liverpool Striker For This Reason

Amuda Segun

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Mario Balotelli

Italian national team manager Roberto Mancini has revealed the reason why Brescia striker Mario Balotelli was not called up to his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Armenia.

According to him, Ex-Liverpool attacker Mario Balotelli has not done enough to deserve an invitation to the Italy squad.

His last invitation to the Italian national team squad was in September 2018.

Roberto Mancini was reacting to the statement credited to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) boss Gabriele Gravina.

The FIGC boss had said that Mario Balotelli should be called up to the Italian national team squad to send a message to racists in the country.

The Italian football scene has been littered with racist incidents and Mario Balotelli has been a victim.

He almost walked out of the recent league game between Hellas Verona and Brescia because of racism.

The Italian striker was cajoled back to the pitch by his Brescia teammates during the game which ended in a 2-1 win for hosts Hellas Verona.

Italy is in very good shape under former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and they have a perfect record in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

They have won all their eight games in the qualifiers.

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