Mario Balotelli’s match lasted only seven minutes on Sunday and he could now find himself with even less playing time in the coming weeks.
Balotelli came on as a substitute in the 74th minute of Brescia’s 2-2 draw against Cagliari but shortly afterward was shown a yellow card for a high tackle and then immediately shown a second after repeatedly swearing at the referee.
Depending on what referee Antonio Giua writes in his report, Balotelli could be suspended for several matches.
The forward will certainly miss Brescia’s next match, against former team AC Milan. “I think the yellow card was too harsh. Mario didn’t feel it was right, and his protests didn’t seem excessive to me,”
Brescia coach Eugenio Corini said. “It’s a pity because he came on with the desire to make us win the match.”
Balotelli was banned for the first four matches of the Serie A season following a red card in his last match with Marseille last season.
“It’s incredible how one episode can always drastically change from too negative or too positive everyone’s opinion on the character or professionalism of a person,” Balotelli wrote on his Instagram story after the match. “I will continue with my daily work this time, too. It’s not a problem. You can continue to judge me as you wish.”