Why Mario Balotelli shed tears + Acknowledges Pia as daughter

The striker broke down on the bench after his substitution during Milan’s 3-1 defeat to Napoli after he had just missed a great scoring opportunity at the Stadio San Paolo.

There have been some reports outside Italy that he was crying because of racist abuse from the Napoli fans, but there appears to be no evidence of this.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” said coach Seedorf in a press conference.

Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game,” added Seedorf in an interview with Mediaset Premium

“We are players and there are times when we express ourselves that way. I see nothing wrong or abnormal in that. I experienced it at times too.”

Team-mate Ignazio Abate suggested the tears were not of anger, but of disappointment.

“Mario really cares about doing well with Milan and making his mark. He is sentimental. It’s a shame that he got so downhearted about it, as he needs to keep his head up.”

It has been an emotional few days for Balotelli, as DNA tests proved he is a father to Pia, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico, and Balotelli wrote an open letter to explain his emotions at this discovery, which brings to an end a lengthy and often bitter legal battle.

Mario Balotelli has written an open letter after DNA results confirmed he is the father to a child of his ex-girlfriend.
The fiery AC Milan striker has been involved in a bitter battle with his former partner Raffaella Fico, after she confirmed Balotelli was the father of baby Pia. Balotelli had refused to acknowledge he was the father of the girl born on December 2012.

But after the pair argued in the Italian media, Balotelli tweeted that he was the father, saying: "Finally the TRUTH :-) ??...PIA... Sweet child of mine !!! your Dad."

And now, the former Manchester City man has written an open letter, which read: "As I had said, if the tribunal confirmed I was Pia's father, I am ready to take my responsibility."

"I want to do it in silence, far away from everything that is media-related, when dealing with such an important rapport as the one that ties a parent to their child. "I will not take part in any TV shows, because my work is performed on a pitch. I don't want any speculation on this matter.

"I wrote about the DNA results on Twitter because I grew up with manners, values and know the value of the words 'love' and 'affection.'
"Writing 'Dad' gave me an explosion of emotion, but now I want to keep this joy for myself. I hope my silence can help to avoid any further controversy on TV or in the papers."

"I hope my silence can help people understand there is a child here who doesn't know how the media or television worlds work. I hope my few words can help to definitively put an end to this affair. With affection, Mario, who today waits for his daughter far away from the media spotlight and hopefully one day on the touchline to cheer on Milan and her daddy."

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