Friday, 4 January 2013

Mancini insists Balotelli clash was 'nothing special'

By Aaron Leggott

Following yesterday's training ground bust up between manager Roberto Mancini & Mario Balotelli, there was many claims throughout the media suggesting that Balotelli's career at Manchester City was coming to a halt.

Mancini tries to get Balotelli off the pitch
But, speaking ahead of City's FA Cup Third Round tie at home to Watford, Mancini has played down the confrontation between the Italian pair:

"I think the photos show the worst of what happened. 

"It was nothing special. There was no fight, this is not true."

The dispute started after Balotelli made a supposedly bad tackle on team mate Scott Sinclair, forcing Mancini into a bad reaction:

"I asked him to leave the pitch - he said no so I moved him off. That's all that happened and it was nothing more than that."

Despite Mancini insisting that Balotelli will face no action, it is a further incident which doesn't help his case to stay at the home of the English champions, where he has made just a handful of appearances this season. 

Below is a clip from Mancini's press conference where he speaks about the Balotelli incident. 

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