Balotelli, now at Manchester City, was subjected to racist abuse and monkey chants by opposition fans when he was at Inter but Seedorf believes that this shouldn't be perceived as an innate quality of the country as a whole.
"There is no racism in Italy," the Dutchman of Surinamese descent is quoted as saying by Gulfnews.com. "There is ignorance and it's from a small group that doesn't need attention.
"Balotelli is an exciting player but his stupid attitude sometimes attracts attention from the crowd - nothing more, nothing less."
The Rossoneri are currently in Dubai for a winter retreat.