Football: Balotelli's future in jeopardy after ugly row with Mancini
Mario Balotelli jeopardised his relationship with the one figure at Manchester City who has supported him throughout his troubled time in England when he became involved in an extraordinary shoving match with City's manager, Roberto Mancini, at the club's training ground yesterday.
The open nature of City's training complex at Carrington meant that the embarrassing episode was captured by photographers. Pictures show Mancini reacting angrily to Balotelli kicking out at Scott Sinclair and ordering the player to leave the training ground. Balotelli, above, refuses and his manager tries, unsuccessfully, to drag him away.
The two are separated by coaches Brian Kidd and Massimo Battara and the player belatedly goes in to change. The City manager will announce today whether he intends to fine Balotelli.
The feeling at the club was that the 22-year-old striker would still be in the squad for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie against Watford, although Mancini has given himself time to reflect on the incident. MORE
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