Mario Balotelli should 'respect himself, not me' says Roberto Mancini
Manchester City striker dropped appeal against two-week fine this week
Friday 21 December 2012
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes striker Mario Balotelli accepted his responsibilities by dropping his challenge to a club fine this week.
Balotelli agreed to pay a fine of two week's wages for his poor disciplinary record last season when he abandoned an appeal to a Premier League tribunal in midweek.
A statement from the club said Balotelli made the decision partly out of respect for Mancini but the manager is pleased the player showed respect for his own reputation.
Mancini said: "This is an old situation and it is normal when someone does a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this. It's normal.
"He (should) respect himself, not me, because it's important for him to respect himself, very important."
The situation increased speculation the mercurial Balotelli could leave City during next month's transfer window but Mancini remains faithful to the 22-year-old.
He said: "I am his manager, like other players, and if he deserves to have other chances he will have them."
Balotelli will not feature in this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash against Reading at the Etihad Stadium after missing some training sessions this week with a virus.
Mancini said: "This weekend Mario, unfortunately, is ill. He came this morning but he can't do anything."
Balotelli, signed from Inter Milan for £24million in 2010, missed 11 of City's competitive matches last season through suspension.
He failed in an internal appeal against the sanction but exercised his right to take his fight to the Premier League.
Wednesday's planned hearing was cancelled after an agreement between the club and his representatives was reached that morning.
Mancini has stood by the player in spite of numerous indiscretions on and off the field throughout his time at the club.
The Italian this week reached the third anniversary of his appointment at the Etihad Stadium and, having won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League last season, he feels he is ahead of schedule.
He said: "I think that we worked really well because when I arrived here three years ago I didn't think that maybe in two years we would win the Premier League, FA Cup.
"I thought that maybe four or five years to win the Premier League because it isn't easy."
Mancini hopes to have captain Vincent Kompany available to face Reading after the defender missed last week's win at Newcastle with a groin injury. Midfielder James Milner is also close to fitness after a hamstring injury.
Forward Samir Nasri has been ruled out with a hamstring problem and full-back Aleksandar Kolarov is also unavailable due to a knee injury.
Mancini said: "We can recover James, probably Vinnny but not Samir and Kolarov.
"Samir is out but we hope that he can be ready for the bench for Norwich (December 29) and for Stoke (January 1) he will be ready (to start)."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners given boost in hunt for Marco Reus, why Wenger signed Gabriel Paulista, no move for Cheick Tiote
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Danny Ings to Liverpool: Burnley striker wants move but loan-back is illegal, says Premier League
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures