Mario Balotelli has again attracted negative press after a dramatic training ground bust-up with City’s coach Roberto Mancini. It is reported that lost his temper with his Italian compatriot after Balotelli made a reckless challenge on teammate Scott Sinclair at the club's Carrington training base on the edge of Manchester.
City’s striker was instantly told to go in and get changed by Mancini to which Balotelli persistently refused, prompting Mancini to push him towards the touchline and drag him from the field.
The two men on the field were caught on camera holding each other by their bibs and training tops in a very public show of strength and power. Mancini’s coaching staff had to jump in to resolve the situation and bring it to a halt.
The 22-year-old striker was eventually taken away by a member of City’s staff. His tendency of attracting negative press has seen him often become the focus of criticism, but Mancini has always been a firm supporter of the temperamental but gifted striker.
Mancini said on December 31: "The relationship between me and him is always good. I love him because for many years we live together, and I’ve seen him grow. But the professional relationship is another thing, and I’ve told Mario what I need from him."
Mancini-Balotelli confrontation isn’t the first one; Balotelli has also had confrontations with former team-mate Jerome Boateng, Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards.
City has refused to comment on the incident, but Mancini will almost certainly face questions at his weekly press conference.
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