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coach Roberto Mancini says he would prefer to recall Mario Balotelli on merits and not as a message against racism, after the striker was subject to abuse in Serie A Mario Balotelli has not been called up by Roberto Mancini in more than a year  Italian federation president Gabriele Gravina said naming him sends message  But Manicini said that any call up will be result of 'a technical point of view'

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Published: 17:38 GMT, 11 November 2019 | Updated: 17:39 GMT, 11 November 2019

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coach Roberto Mancini would prefer to recall Mario Balotelli for his qualities as a player, not as a message against racism.

Balotelli has not been called up by Mancini in more than a year but Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina said last week that naming him in the squad would send a strong message after the Brescia forward was racially abused the previous weekend.

Balotelli was included in Mancini's first two squads, playing his first matches for since the 2014 World Cup, but has not been called up since. He was again omitted from upcoming European qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia.

Roberto Manicini said that any call up will be the result of 'a technical point of view'

Roberto Manicini said that any call up will be the result of

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