AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf has called on referees to start protecting Mario Balotelli against malicious opponents.
The Italy forward's career has been blighted by numerous run-ins with officials and breaches of discipline on and off the field.
But Seedorf is convinced that the former Inter and Manchester City star is a changed man and wants those in charge to put an end to players deliberately targeting his player.
He said: "Balotelli? He has passed every test for me. I also say that he has changed his attitude and referees need to stop all the fouls that he receives."
The 38-year-old was speaking after his side's 1-0 win over Catania on Sunday, which saw the Rossoneri move into the top half of the table.
Balotelli has been a key man under Seedorf since he took over from Massimiliano Allegri in January and has 18 goals to his name so far this season.
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