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Balotelli accepts 4-match ban

2012-01-25 22:40

Manchester - Volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli began a four match suspension on Wednesday after accepting an FA charge of violent conduct in relation to his stamping on Spurs midfielder Scott Parker's head last Sunday.

The 21-year-old Manchester City striker risked a heavier suspension had he contested the charge at a hearing later this week and thus misses Wednesday's League Cup semi-final second leg clash with Liverpool and three Premier League games.

While he had not even been booked for the incident in Sunday's Premier League clash referee Howard Webb had stated later that had he seen his stamp he would have sent him off.

Webb's remarks infuriated the Balotelli camp and his agent accused the 2010 World Cup final referee of having lied about not seeing the incident, though, the FA earlier on Wednesday issued a statement defending the referee.

As well as the League Cup match Balotelli - who went on after the Parker incident to score the winning goal from the penalty spot in the final minute of the match - will also miss the Premier League games between the leaders and Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa.

AFP

Comments
  • DishBouy - 2012-01-26 10:10

    Serves him right! He has gotten away with murder far too often.

      Johan Stoltz - 2012-01-30 07:59

      The more I hear of this guy the more I like him. His technical and finishing ability and sheer understanding of the game overshadows his bad points which he will outgrow soon enough anyway. Remember the name, you'll be hearing it a lot in the future!

      Sean - 2012-01-30 20:28

      @Johan , Balotelli is a complete waist of talent ! His brain capacity is to small to understand how to behave like a normal human ! By the time he grows up , his career is over !

  • Andre - 2012-01-27 15:21

    He is a rotten person, his on and off field antic bring disgrace to the game!

  • Gumbi Malandelwazintombi Languza - 2012-01-27 20:07

    He is one player who is damaging the image EPL. He better leave, he has no morals

      Sean - 2012-01-30 20:30

      Gumbi , you are 100% right . Who will want to buy him with such sh@t attitude and reputation. He can win games for a club , but how many games can he cost a club ?

  • Barrie - 2012-01-30 16:00

    Reminds me of Rooney in his younger days. Balotelli needs the right manager to put him in his place, once that has been done, I agree he will be a great player. At the moment hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons at the moment.

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