Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Sunday`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia due to concerns over his hamstring and groin, the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed Saturday.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has played down suggestions Mario Balotelli could have an unsettling influence on the Italy squad after a controversial call-up for a key Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.
Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio defended coach Antonio Conte's decision to include Mario Balotelli in the national squad, dismissing rumours that the Liverpool striker's recall was made under sponsors' pressure.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers warned some of his star players their place in the side for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday is far from assured after a battling performance by their understudies in a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defended his team selection for Tuesday`s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, saying his side deserved more from the game after what he called "an excellent performance".
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA`s political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year`s Ballon d`Or award as the world`s best footballer.
After the summer departure of Liverpool's talisman Luis Suarez to Barcelona, manager Brendan Rodgers had a mighty task in his hands to fill up the void left by their star forward. In came Southampton's Rickie Lambert and AC Milan's Mario Balotelli.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday he had "no concern" about Mario Balotelli`s on-field conduct following two incidents involving the striker during the League Cup win over Swansea City.
Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town.