Manchester City's Mario Balotelli plays down Italy row after bringing iPad to the bench for Faroe Islands game

The flamboyant attacker brushed off allegations about his behaviour during his country's 1-0 Euro 2012 qualification victory
Manchester City attacker Mario Balotelli has has reacted to concerns over his attitude during Italy's 1-0 Euro 2012 qualification win over Faroe Islands last Friday.

Italy struggled to impress against the European minnows after Antonio Cassano's early opener and Prandelli made the decision to bring on Balotelli shortly after the interval.

Nevertheless, the Italy coach wasn't too impressed with Balotelli's attitude on the bench as the attacker paid more attention to his iPad before kick-off.

The City striker eventually came off the bench in the 85th minute to replace Cassano after an uninspired warm-up.

Reports on Monday suggested he could be dropped for the Slovenia clash following his antics, but he has since responded, defending his actions before the match.

"I only had the iPad during the warm up, I did not take it with me on the bench," Balotelli is quoted as saying on La Repubblica.

Italy team manager Gigi Riva has also tried to bury any doubts over the young striker as he tries to ease tension.

"The Balotelli incident is just part of many small things that happen in any team. There is nothing to worry about," Riva added.

"He played five minutes on Friday [against the Faroe Isles] and so he could not have done any more.

"Balotelli always does his best in training and the coach often heaps praise on him.

"Let us not create a problem for Balotelli."

The Italians can seal their place in Poland and Ukraine if they beat Slovenia on Tuesday night in Florence.