Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli was said to be unimpressed by the strikerâ€™s touchline warm-up and the Manchester City playerâ€™s decision to take his i-Pad with him on the bench.
Riva, however, has today tried to play down the events ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia.
â€śThis Balotelli incident is part of a lot of little things that happen in any side,â€ť Riva said. â€śThere is nothing to worry about.
â€śHe played for five minutes on Friday so he couldnâ€™t really do a lot on the field of play,â€ť continued the Cagliari legend.
â€śMario always gives his all in training, indeed it is often the Coach who has to urge him to stop.
â€śPrandelli didnâ€™t even see the playerâ€™s warm up because he was watching the game. Letâ€™s not create a problem when there isnâ€™t one there.â€ť