Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, has admitted that taking his client back to Serie A with AC Milan was a big mistake and one that he regrets, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Balotelli spent three seasons with Inter Milan before his £24 million move to Manchester City in 2010, however the players agent, who oversaw his return to Serie A last summer, regrets taking the player back to Italy after the wayward star has been found a scapegoat by Italian fans, following the Azzurri's early exit from the showpiece in Brazil.
For the second consecutive World Cup, Italy have been eliminated in the Group stages of the tournament and with blame flying around for their dismal performance, Balotelli has been unfairly singled out in a racially motivated attack on social media by an unidentified fan.
Balotelli who is born and bred in Italy from a Ghanaian immigrant, was told by the moronic fan to leave the country as he isn't even Italian.
The player who has been a victim of racist abuse before in Italy, responded: "I'm Mario Balotelli I'm 23 years old and I didn't choose to be Italian,"
"I wanted it strongly because I was born in ITALY and have always lived in ITALY," he wrote.
"I cared deeply about this World Cup and I'm sad, angry and disappointed with myself.
"Don't dump all the blame on to me alone this time because Mario Balotelli has given everything to this Italy team and hasn't made any mistake."
Mino Raiola is rightly unhappy with the personal attack on his player and especially considering it was turned into racially motivated abuse towards the Italian international.
This is not the first time the striker has been abused since he returned to Italy.
Paolo Berlusconi, brother of owner and former Italian president Silvio, was caught on camera during a public political gathering saying: "Let's go and watch our household's little n***** (referring to Balotelli). He's a crazy head. All the young ladies are invited as well, you can even have a chance to meet the president."
Earlier in the year, the star was also apparently caught on camera crying, following sustained racial abuse from a section of the Napoli fans, while sitting on the bench during a Serie A clash.
Ahead of the World Cup at Italy's training base in Coverciano, he was again a victim of a vile attack by moronic fans, that have left the striker with no option but to leave Italy behind and continue his career elsewhere.
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Agent Raiola told Rai Sport: "Winning the 2006 World Cup disguised the real problems in Italian football and today they are doing the same thing with Balotelli. You talk about him and therefore hide the real problems,"
"It irritated me to see all the blame dumped on to a 23-year-old. It annoyed me and I don’t think this would’ve happened anywhere else in the world.
"I made a mistake in bringing Mario back to Italy."
Arsenal remain firm favourites to land the talented but erratic star.