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I will give him another 100 chances: Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini played down his row with Mario Balotelli and insists the striker still has a future with him by claiming he will give him another ‘100 chances’ at the club.

The Italian pair were pictured grappling on the training ground in an apparent bust-up on Thursday in the latest in a long line of incidents involving the controversial striker.

Mancini took exception to a bad tackle from Balotelli on team-mate Scott Sinclair during a training match but the City manager played it down on Friday.

He claimed he asked the 22-year-old striker to leave the pitch after the tackle but when he refused the pair exchanged words in a heated argument which got physical.

‘It wasn’t a bad thing like are in the paper,’ said Mancini. ‘The photo is worse than what happened. We were playing a game and Mario kicked his team-mate and I said to him: ‘Go inside, leave the pitch’. He said ‘no’, and I take his shirt, I push him off the pitch.

‘This is what really happened, no fight. There is no fight. The pictures look worse. For two seconds, yes I lose my temper. Because he didn’t want to leave the pitch.

‘I will give him another 100 chances if it possible if I think he can change. I am here for this.afp


SUPER MARIO ANTICS AT CITY


March 2011, Dart throw: Revealed in March in which the striker was said to have thrown a dart at a youth-team player several weeks earlier.

July 2011, Back Heel: During a pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy, Balotelli was substituted after he back-heeled wide when through on goal.

Nov 2011, Fire work: Emergency crews were called to the Italian’s Cheshire house when a firework was set alight in his bathroom in the early hours of the morning.

Jan 2012, School visit: Manchester Xaverian College received a New Year shock when Balotelli parked his Bentley outside the education establishment in order to make use of their toilets.
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