Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Balotelli and Mancini in dressing room clash

Roberto Mancini reportedly threw a suitcase at Mario Balotelli following his sending off and Manchester City's subsequent exit from the Europa League
Hot-headed striker Balotelli saw red in last weeks clash with Dynamo Kiev for a reckless tackle on Goran Popov in the first half and Mancini so furious after the clash that he picked up one of the player's suitcases in the dressing room and flung it in the Italian's direction, according to the News of the World.
City backroom staff had to step in to diffuse the fight as Mancini yelled: "I don’t want to see your face again."
Mancini also worked with Balotelli at Internazionale before bringing him to Eastlands but appears to be running out of patience with his star striker.
"Mario is a young player but this is the time when he needs to start thinking with his head," Mancini said after Balotelli apologised to his manager.
"He needs to use his brain, if not he will find things very difficult. Firstly he is a fantastic player and his talent does not deserve this situation.
"Secondly he has let down the players, the squad and me because I trusted him 100 per cent. This is very difficult. At the moment he is not repaying my trust."
The Sport Star Sunday takes the story one step further with reports that Balotelli has been fined £300,000 by the club for his red card.
That's just about two week's wages for the stroppy Italian, then. Barely a drop in the ocean.

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