Mancini: Balotelli row overblown

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said his training ground bust-up with striker Mario Balotelli was overblown and has no plans to sell him. He added "Mario is Mario" but that the player needs to change.

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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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