Balotelli is being made a scapegoat by media says Hull boss.

HULL manager Steve Bruce believes Mario Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous 'why always me?' statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a "whipping boy" by his critics.

Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now he is with Liverpool.

The Italy international was placed firmly in the spotlight after Liverpool's 3-0 Champions League loss to Real Madrid, with manager Brendan Rodgers among those unimpressed with his decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time.

But with Hull heading to Anfield today, Bruce spoke of his sympathy for Balotelli, who once celebrated a goal in the Manchester derby by unveiling a t-shirt with the slogan 'why always me?'.

"From the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment," said the Tigers boss.

Balotelli running of chances - Barry "That's always a bit unfair. There's always a scapegoat and he seems to be the one at the minute that the media are on to, and everyone else too.

Balotelli out chances - Horne P41 "I suppose the changing of the strip (didn't help) but I thought he did okay in that game."

and Balotelli running out of chances - Barry Horne P41

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