By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
Kevin-Prince Boateng has advised his former AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli to learn to be professional on the pitch and keep his tempers in check.
Mario Balotelli caused an ugly scene at the San Siro after attacking the referee during a Serie A game with Napoli a fortnight ago.
The striker has been handed a four match ban by the Italy Football Federation while manager Cesare Prandelli is considering axing him from his squad for their upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier because of his conduct.
Boateng played alongside the Ghanaian-born Italian international at Milan before leaving to join the Bundesliga side Schalke 04.
The Ghana midfielder watched the incident from the television screen and was not all that pleased with his former team-mate’s conduct.
“Racist is a bad thing. I watched the game (Milan vs Napoli) but did not hear the racist chants from the stand. I want to hear it first before doing the assessment,” Boateng told Tuttomercatoweb.
“Italy is not a racist country. Balotelli must be calmer, even though the game has ended .He is a great player and a friend of mine , but he just needs to focus on the field,” he added.
Boateng has been in a great form of a sort since joining Schalke from Milan, scoring three crucial goals in their domestic and European campaigns.