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Balotelli to watch new team take on Manchester City

Mario Balotelli is set to watch his new teammates take on his old ones as he watches Liverpool play Manchester City this evening.

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Mario Balotelli has just arrived at the Etihad Stadium. He'll watch his new teammates in action from the stands this evening #LFC

Manchester City tweeted this photo of him arriving at the Etihad Stadium.

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Balotelli pledges to earn 'much silverware for the fans'

Mario Balotelli has pledged to win "much silverware for the fans" as he confirmed his move to Liverpool FC on his Facebook page.

Mario Balotelli posted this photo to his Instagram account
Mario Balotelli posted this photo to his Instagram account Credit: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

He said: "I'm proud to announce my return to the Premier League as a Liverpool FC player. Let's make the most out of this amazing challenge ..."

He also uploaded a new banner photo of his face emblazoned on the Liverpool FC motto "you'll never walk alone".

Rodgers: Balotelli signing is 'a smart piece of business'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called the signing of Mario Balotelli "a smart piece of business."

Brendan Rodgers says Balotelli's signing is a 'smart piece of business'
Brendan Rodgers says Balotelli's signing is a 'smart piece of business' Credit: PA

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com he said: "There is no doubting Mario's ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level."

He added that he was looking forward to working with the "world class talent" and helping him progress as a player.

He said: "This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here."

Mario Balotelli: It's a great team with young players

Mario Balotelli has said he is "very happy" to be moving to Liverpool FC. In a statement on the club's website, he said:

I'm very happy. We've been talking about coming here and now I'm happy to be here.

Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here.

It's a great team with young players, and that's why I came here.

– Mario Balotelli

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Mackay 'used racist term to describe Cardiff owner'

Vincent Tan and Malky Mackay
In happy times, Tan and Mackay celebrate winning the Championship in 2013. Credit: EMPICS Sport / EMPICS Sport

Fresh allegations have emerged surrounding Malky Mackay, the former Cardiff manager who is accused of sending a series of racist and homophobic messages.

Having already apologised for messages published in the press - and insisted he was not racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite - Mackay is now alleged to have described Cardiff's Malaysian owner Vincent Chan as a "chink".

Mackay was sacked by Cardiff last December and the allegations have cost him the chance to take over the vacant manager job at Crystal Palace.

Malky Mackay apologises for 'unacceptable' messages

Malky Mackay took the further step of apologising for his offensive text messages in a television interview this evening.

He admitted sending three messages, which he described as "completely unacceptable," but insisted he was "no racist" and "no homophobe".

But there is still no word from Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association which was forced to apologise for the wording of a statement that appeared to defend the messages as "friendly banter".

ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne reports:

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