Balotelli's agent slams ref

2012-01-24 22:19

Rome -The agent of volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli on Tuesday accused England's leading referee Howard Webb of lying over the alleged headstamping by his player on Luke Parker in Sunday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Spurs.

Webb - who refereed the 2010 World Cup final - took no action over Balotelli's apparent deliberate headstamping of Parker but subsequently said that if he had seen the incident he would have sent the City player off.

However Mino Raiola, Ballotelli's agent, took issue with Webb's claim.

"I am very angry with the referee, because he lied," Raiola told Italian station Radio Radio.

"The TV images clearly show that the referee is no more than a metre away and that he is looking towards the incident, how can he say that he did not see what he was looking at?"

Regardless of Webb's intervention after the match Balotelli is staring at a four game suspension after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) on Monday.

He will begin it on Wednesday - thereby missing the League Cup second leg semi-final tie with Liverpool and three Premier League games - should he not appeal the charge.


  • Luciano - 2012-01-24 22:31

    i think he should take at least 10 match ban

      Sean - 2012-01-25 08:37

      They should ban(fine) the agent from opening his big mouth asswell !

      Bob - 2012-01-25 12:23

      Funny old world, a black man gets a four match ban for trying to stamp on a white guys head, a coloured guy gets an eight match ban for calling a black guy a Negro, how does it go, sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me.

      Bob - 2012-01-26 09:40

      Why the thumbs down ?, am I not stating the truth.

  • Sephahloma - 2012-01-25 06:17

    The Spanish authorities are toothless compared to their English counterparts

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-25 07:04

    "The TV images clearly show that the referee is no more than a metre away and that he is looking towards the incident, how can he say that he did not see what he was looking at?" That is a very well known and documented disease referees suffer from ask Bryce Lawrence- his latest explanation is that it happens when you decide before the game not to look at technicalities

  • Matthew - 2012-01-25 07:38

    Sport24, the guys name is Scott Parker. Please try and at least get the players names right! If you need better sports journalists im right here..

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-25 07:44

      I think maybe the journalist knows him very well and he also goes by Luke...or am I reaching here ;-)

  • sukhoipakfa - 2012-01-25 07:48

    Webb is a MANCHESTER MAN,so what do you expect.

      Sagren - 2012-01-25 09:04

      wow man ...... you must tell me what is feels like to be a rocket scientist.

  • Sagren - 2012-01-25 09:09

    The agent (a piece of work) - heard him on Sky yesterday !!! - are these guys ever going to 'man up' ??. I know that Ballotelli is his meal ticket and all that but if he doesnt tell his client the truth - I am afraid he will be out on his ear pretty soon anyway. This Mario is definitely a great footballing talent but he is going down the wrong path here.

  • bmaestro - 2012-01-25 10:10

    he was punished accordingly.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-01-25 11:32

    Its funny how when things like this happen the ref gets jumped on. Mario Balotelli must face what he gets. Webb a MANCHESTER MAN!!!! Where are City from?????? Webb was on the field of play, its his eyes that missed the incident according to him not anyone else. That's why we TV reviews on incidents like this. 3 points for City...well done!! But you may have your playmaker out for a few games and that's sure going to have an impact!!!!

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