Mancini sidesteps Balotelli row

Roberto Mancini refused to criticise Mario Balotelli after the Man City striker's latest show of petulance.

Last Updated: 07/10/12 at 10:27 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer news: Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola tells Sky Sports News HQ the Italy striker is happy at Liverpool

2 comments

Mario Balotelli's agent has told Sky Sports News HQ the Italy striker is "happy at Liverpool" and gets on well with Brendan Rodgers.

Serie A: Italy striker Antonio Cassano has left troubled Serie A club Parma

Post comment

Italy striker Antonio Cassano has left troubled Serie A club Parma after rescinding his contract.

All Articles

Mario Balotelli heads down the tunnel

Mario Balotelli heads down the tunnel

Roberto Mancini refused to criticise Mario Balotelli after the Manchester City striker's latest show of petulance.

Balotelli walked straight down the tunnel when he was replaced by Sergio Aguero during the second half of City's 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

And reports in Sunday's newspapers suggested the Italy international had risked another row with his manager by booking a flight home within hours of his substitution.

But Mancini would not be drawn into an argument in the aftermath of the game, saying: "Mario worked a lot and he had a chance. I am happy with Mario, he played a good game."

It was left to the manager's assistant David Platt to give a more forthright appraisal of Balotelli's behaviour.

Platt said: "I don't know why he walked down the tunnel. He wasn't injured. Should he have walked straight down the tunnel? No."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

FA Cup: Giant-killers Bradford handed Sunderland or Fulham showdown in fifth round

Bradford's reward for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup is a fifth-round showdown with either Sunderland or Fulham.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company