Mario Balotelli

England assess Balotelli threat

Italy striker Mario Balotelli is perhaps the biggest threat to England on Sunday. But as a Man City player he's familiar to the England team

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Report: Balotelli arrives for training after Mancini spat

It is being reported that Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has arrived for training following his altercation with manager Roberto Mancini yesterday.

Roberto Mancini points angrily at Mario Balotelli during an altercation yesterday. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

Mancini is set to hold a pre-match news conference later this morning.

Read: Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini pictured in training ground scrap


Report: Balotelli 'refused Mancini's order' to leave the pitch

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is believed to sparked manager Roberto Mancini’s fury by ignoring his order to return to the dressing room following a challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper said Balotelli has previously been involved in clashes with Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng on the City training pitch. It added that the incident is likely to harden the club's resolve to sell the striker in the January transfer window.

The two were locked in a heated exchange of words before Mancini grabbed Balotelli and attempted to force him off the pitch. Mario Balotelli then shoved Mancini before the two men were separated by coaches. Mancini was later pictured crouching with his head in his hands.

Report: Balotelli AC Milan transfer exit is 'unlikely'

Manchester City fear they may be stuck with their errant striker Mario Balotelli, despite a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, according to The Daily Mirror.

It is true, we release Pato to Corinthians with the promise that he will be back to Milan in future, but Balotelli, as I have said on many occasions, doesn't convince me as a man.

– AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi speaking RadioRadio

The newspaper said City were hoping to sell Balotelli back to Italy, possibly to AC Milan who sold Brazilian striker Pato to world champions Corinthians.

But owner Silvio Burlusconi appeared throw a spanner in the works of any possible deal when he questioned Balotelli's character.

Savage family recreate Balotelli and Mancini bust-up

Despite playing down the news value of the Mancini-Balotelli bust-up, Robbie Savage has gone to the trouble of tweeting a photo of his children recreating the showdown at home.

"Hahaha what's all (the) fuss about it happens all the time in my house," he added.

Robbie Savage's children
Robbie Savage said his nine and six-year-old were behind the Balotelli and Mancini masks. Credit: Lockerz / @RobbieSavage8

Robbie Savage: Bust-ups at training happen 'all the time'

Former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage has played down today's bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli during training:


I've seen numerous fights on the training ground , managers grabbing players around the throat on one occasion , happens all the time !


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.

Mancini brawls with Balotelli
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."

Mancini brawls with Balotelli
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.

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".

For all the pictures of the Mancini/Balotelli bust up click here

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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