Manchester City Update - Mario Balotelli


Manchester City Update - Mario Balotelli

City insist Ballotelli was guilty of unacceptable behaviour last season and in breach of contract.

The Italy international will appear before the independent two-man panel as he continues to fight the £340,000 fine imposed last season.

City has rejected the striker's appeal against the penalty of two week's wages for missing more than one-fifth of their matches during their title-winning campaign through suspension.

Balotelli's Italian lawyers will argue that City have acted outside the rules governing a player's conduct on the pitch.

City counter that missing 11 of 54 matches through ill-discipline was unacceptable and insist they have followed correct legal procedure.

Balotelli missed 20.37% of City's games last term after being sent off for two bookable offences at Liverpool, receiving a retrospective ban for stamping on Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker's head and a dismissal at Arsenal.

The Pro Footballers' Association is firmly behind Balotelli and believes it would set a precedent should City succeed with their fine for misconduct.

Ballotelli missed training today with illness, the striker could also be absent from Saturday's game with Reading at The Etihad Stadium.

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