Balotelli not in Italy squad despite calls for his inclusion

ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli was again left out of the Italy squad on Friday despite the Italian soccer federation president publicly calling for him to be included this week for upcoming European qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia.

Balotelli has not been called up by Italy coach Roberto Mancini for more than a year but FIGC head Gabriele Gravina had said that naming him in the squad would send a strong message after the Brescia forward was racially abused at the weekend.

Balotelli’s teammate, defender Andrea Cistana, was handed a first ever call-up as were Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli and Bologna forward Riccardo Orsolini.

Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi was included
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