AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned Mario Balotelli to stop behaving like a child but act professionally like a champion.
The Italian striker has been issued a three-match ban after he was sent off for confronting the referee in the Rossoneri's 2-1 defeat against Napoli on Sunday.
Although Allegri insisted Balotelli must be given more protection from officials in the future, he also demanded that the striker stop acting rashly and costing his team-mates in such an unsavoury fashion.
"Mario has made a mistake, penalising the team, club and the fans and he must change this behaviour," the coach told gathered media on Tuesday.
"Mario should help referees to protect him. The referees have left him (unprotected) because they can be influenced by negative attitudes.
"Mario is 23-years-old, he is no longer a child. To be a champion you have to have a correct behaviour because you are an example for all those who are watching you," he added.
Now, without the controversial former Manchester City forward, Milan will face Bologna on Wednesday as they aim to bounce back from the disappointing defeat suffered at the hands of Rafael Benitez's Naples last Sunday.
Allegri's men are currently 12th in the Serie A standings, having collected just four points from their opening four fixtures.
Balotelli, who arrived at the San Siro during the January transfer window, has started the season in good form after notching three league goals in four appearances.
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