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'Blonde bombshell' Balotelli

Balotelli goes blonde Credit: Sharon Latham/MCFC

Mario Balotelli is testing out the theory that blondes have more fun with a new do for the new Year.

It hasn't been the best start to 2013 for the Manchester City forward after his public spat with boss Roberto Mancini. Perhaps he's hoping his new style will wipe the slate clean.

And just for fun here's some more of Mario's 'interesting' hair choices.

Blonde mohawk as Mario Balotelli warms up prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev. Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images
Another blonde do at training at Carrington Credit: MCFC
Balotell goes back to black Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images
From Balotelli's days at Inter Milan in 2009, sporting a haircut with the number 17 which refers to the numbers of title won by his team. Credit: AP Photo/Enrico Locci)

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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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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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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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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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Dramatic bust-up between Balotelli and Mancini

Balotelli, left, and Mancini have endured a fractious relationship on and off the pitch. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

Dramatic pictures appear to show Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli in a physical bust-up with Roberto Mancini, his manager.

The images show the pair tussling and and grabbing each other before they were restrained by colleagues.

Manchester City stars surprise youngsters on stadium tour

Premier League champions Manchester City have given local youngsters the surprise of a lifetime during a tour of the Etihad Stadium.

The children from Mellands Specialist School in Gorton met Mario Balotelli, Joe Hart, James Milner & Micah Richards, lifted the Premier League trophy and got changed in the first team dressing room.

"It was all for the young children," said Mario. "They really appreciated meeting all the players and we appreciated meeting them too. I hope we made their day and gave them an afternoon they will never forget. We all enjoyed it."

Manchester City's Balotelli to miss international

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's World Cup qualifier with Armenia tonight after failing to recover from the flu, the FIGC announced on their official website this morning.

Balotelli, who missed his side's opening two Group B encounters due to his decision to undergo laser eye surgery in the last international break, was set to lead the line at the Hrazdan Stadium alongside Pablo Osvaldo after head coach Cesare Prandelli announced his starting line-up yesterday.

Balotelli is expected to be available for Italy's next assignment against Denmark on Tuesday.

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