Balotelli and Mancini clash

Manchester City's FA Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil by yet another training ground bust-up involving Mario Balotelli.

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Balotelli bust up: What the pictures show

The scrap is thought to have happened when Mancini stepped in after Balotelli went in strongly in a tackle on team-mate Scott Sinclair.

Balotelli is reported to have taken exception to Mancini's intervention, leading to the pair having to be pulled apart.

In a sequence of pictures, Mancini is seen striding towards Balotelli, pointing in an aggressive manner.

He is then seen to grab hold of Balotelli's orange bib in an apparent act of fury before the young striker is dragged away by a member of City's coaching staff.

A short time later, Balotelli is believed to have left the training ground at Carrington, on the outskirts of Manchester.

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Spurs winger finds Balotelli/Mancini bust-up 'hilarious'

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has tweeted that he finds Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini's training ground bust-up "hilarious".

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Bust-ups 'happen from time to time' says Neville

The former Manchester United defender turned Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville says the main concern for him is not the apparent altercation between Balotelli and Mancini but the lack of privacy at Manchester City's training ground from the media:

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Report: Mancini was held back by coaches during brawl

Roberto Mancini tried in vain to throw Mario Balotelli to the floor during today's brawl and had to be held back by coaches once the two were separated, an apparent witness to the Manchester City training ground fight has said.

Roberto Mancini was photographed remonstrating with Mario Balotelli on the training pitch. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

The onlooker told the Manchester Evening News: "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."

Tensions soon rose between the striker and his fellow Italian manager. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

The witness said Balotelli immediately went to the dressing room at Carrington and left in his "camouflaged" Bentley within 10 minutes.

Click here to see more photographs of the Italians' bust-up.

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