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City's Balotelli charged by FA

2012-01-23 21:13

London - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli faces a four-match ban after being charged by the English Football Association with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on an opponent's head.

The Italy international trampled on the right ear of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker during Sunday's Premier League match.

Balotelli, who had already been booked, escaped without any sanction from referee Howard Webb. He went on to earn a penalty kick and score from the spot to clinch City's 3-2 win.

The FA decided on Monday to charge Balotelli, giving him until Wednesday evening to respond.

Because Balotelli has already been sent off once this season, he will be banned for four matches instead of the usual three if found guilty.

AP

Comments
  • Sean - 2012-01-24 01:03

    He is a good player , just a pitty he acts like a arrogant idiot ! Suppose loads of skill , but no brain !

      Gungets - 2012-01-24 05:47

      He is an arrogant tw#t. If technology was used in football, as it should be, then he would have walked right there and City would in all likelihood have lost the match. 4 match ban, who cares, they got all 4 points, so the result actually encourages foul play. Who tries to stamp on another players head, who does that?

      Mark - 2012-01-24 07:47

      @Gungets ... it's only 3 points for a win.

  • jockaustin - 2012-01-24 06:39

    What about Lescott? How can he get away with his stiff arm to the face? FA referees are allowing too much robust play and someone WILL be seriously injured!! Players are allowed to much freedom even with their backchat to refs???

      Charles - 2012-01-24 07:09

      That game was really dirty, especially on the part of Man City. I even said during the game that Balotelli shud have walked, what if he scores. And he really scored. Howard Webb himself should be punished. He has been making very dogy decisions for a very long time now. Perhaps its time this game starts introducing technology, that way all the mafioso will be exposed.

  • Mark - 2012-01-24 07:51

    The gutless British FA should have actually reversed the result to a draw, or given the 3-points to Spurs. That would really send a message to clubs and players about their on field play and what malicious violent actions will result in. But they are a toothless, ball-less association that can't even have managers saying negative things about the quality of the ref's.

      Deon - 2012-01-24 09:08

      They can't reverse the result!!

  • Matt - 2012-01-24 07:55

    As good a Player as he is, he is still undoubtably the most arrogant prick ive ever come accross.

      adrian.berghoff - 2012-01-24 08:10

      Makes Ronaldo look humble.

      Sean - 2012-01-24 13:52

      @adrian , good point ! Ronaldo is still a arrogant d@@s :)

  • Xoli - 2012-01-24 09:12

    This guy just dont know how to stay out of trouble, DUDE grow up or at least grow a brain... you know that thing on your neck...geez

  • Vincent - 2012-01-24 21:33

    Seems like most of the comments are coming from Manure fans. Reverse the result-- haha you don't know sport. Howard Webb -- used to make a lot of dodgy decisions when refereeing at Old Trafford now it seems as if the shoe is on the blue foot and people are not liking it although I agree Ballotelli should have been dismissed for the offence.

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