Balotelli, Mancini in fracas

2013-01-03 18:03

Manchester - Mario Balotelli's future at Manchester City was cast into doubt once again on Thursday after photographs emerged showing him in an apparent training-ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

Media reports claimed that Mancini lost his temper with his Italian compatriot after Balotelli made a reckless challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair at the club's Carrington training base on the edge of Manchester.

The pictures, published widely in the British media, show Mancini gripping Balotelli's orange bib in an apparent rage, before the two men are separated by members of City's coaching staff.

An eyewitness, quoted in local newspaper the Manchester Evening News, said: "Mancini ran at him - he was furious. He grabbed hold of him and appeared to try and throw him on the floor.

"It looked like Mario was too strong and he couldn't get him down. Then all the coaches ran in to separate them but Mancini was having none of it. He kept trying to break free and have a go at him again."

Balotelli was also pictured walking to his car in the car park after the end of the session.

The Italy striker, 22, has been a recurrent source of controversy ever since arriving in Manchester from Inter Milan in 2010.

He has twice been dropped from City's match-day squad this season and Mancini has repeatedly warned him that he is in danger of wasting his talent.

In December, Balotelli dropped legal action against City after taking them to a Premier League tribunal in an attempt to overturn a fine of two weeks' wages over his poor disciplinary record last season.

Mancini also chastised him after a sloppy performance in City's 3-2 loss to Manchester United in last month's Manchester derby, in which he was substituted in the 52nd minute.

"I love Mario like a guy, and as a player, but I think it's important for him to start to think about his job if he wants to play well," said Mancini.

"When you have a player with Mario's quality, you can't believe that he throws his quality out of the window.

"I've seen players in my life with fantastic quality who ended up with nothing and I don't want Mario to finish like these players, because it will be bad for him."

Balotelli is yet to play since that game, with a virus having ruled him out of City's festive fixtures, but he could feature in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against second-tier Watford.


  • joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-03 18:33

    SAF would have sold him to Napoli a month after he arrived. He does not respect you, Mancini!

  • waynemegganw - 2013-01-03 18:56

    Get rid of him.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-01-03 19:22

    I can help him.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2013-01-03 19:25

    He is not worth the effort. Biggest chip any shoulder could possibly carry follows this child.

  • - 2013-01-03 19:36

    What's wrong with this boy? Coach let this idiot go. U've tried to guide him but always u get disappointed. Football is a short career

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-01-03 19:52

    Mancini cant handle the big egos. He allowed Tevez to get away with murder, so they will all take advantage. He should learn from SAF/ask Beckam what happens @ old trafford when a player thinks his bigger than te team

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-01-03 20:47

    Mancini Mancini Mancini, all your players seem to disrespect you. You need to review your managerial skills, or alternatively talk to Wenger, Fergie, Redknapp to mention a few and learn the basics in the EPL.

  • mandla.nhlengethwa - 2013-01-03 21:49

    Rorberto Mancini is about to loose the dressing room, last season it was Carlos it's Ballotelli...... If it was not for Premier League title that Man City won....this man would have been fired already

  • - 2013-01-03 21:59

    This chop has a bad attitude been saying it for ages on here. No respect for authority

  • mwaba.phiri - 2013-01-03 22:10

    The story is biased. It tells us how Mancini rushed for a physical confrontation with his player.(Is that what coaches are supposed to do with an errant player?) Balotelli didn't attack his coach. Then it gives us a history of Balotelli's misbehaviours. Nothing about Mancini's misbehaviours. The media is inherently biased against takes 2 to tango

  • wezchipps - 2013-01-03 22:30

    No images? Poor reporting

  • wezchipps - 2013-01-03 22:31

    No images? poor reporting

  • mbu.meko - 2013-01-04 00:34

    Mancini i hv a problem with how you dealt with the situation and you need to be professional at all times as a manager. Mancini by now you should know your players, man city get rid of this manager before you regret it later. City needs a manager that knows how to deal with egotistic youngsters like Mario

  • damian.greyone - 2013-01-04 00:36

    Who needs him, 1 player can spoil the whole team vibe.

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-04 07:18

    Moron. This boy is playing with his career.

  • lwandilemd - 2013-01-04 07:30

    Its Enough Balotelli

  • hangwi.maphanda - 2013-01-04 08:45

    i love balotelli, mancini must jus go he cnt manage a big team lik city...

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-04 13:58

      Balotelli is an arrogant Pr1ck not even Italian clubs want him.He is very lucky that Mancini is the manager because other managers would have put him on the transfer list long ago. Which reminds me IF he is a good nd has a decent attitude wht is it that NO OTHER CLUB ANYWHERE as made an offer for him

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-04 09:06

    He need a manager like Alex Ferguson. He doesnt respenct Mancini at all. Get rid off him.

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