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Di Canio blasts 'selfish' Mario

Swindon boss says fellow Italian is not a team player

Paolo Di Canio: Not impressed by Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012

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Paolo Di Canio believes Mario Balotelli 'deserves a lot of slaps' rather than pats on the shoulder because he plays for himself rather than the team.

Balotelli performed well at Euro 2012 as he scored three goals, including two in the semi-final victory over Germany.

Italy eventually finished as runners-up after losing 4-0 to Spain, but Di Canio does not believe Balotelli should feel too good about himself.

The Swindon manager was more impressed by Antonio Cassano and feels Balotelli needs to learn to be more of a team player.

"Balotelli is just selfish. He deserves a lot of slaps," fellow Italian Di Canio is quoted as saying in The Sun.


"Guys like Balotelli deserve lots of slaps rather than pats on the shoulder."

Paolo Di Canio

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"Against Germany he did two good things but in the end I saw a player who was just waiting to celebrate.

"Balotelli does not play for the team, only for himself.

"He is an egotist, who thinks the world revolves around him.

"Guys like Balotelli deserve lots of slaps rather than pats on the shoulder. Antonio Cassano led the team to the final."