Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Mario Balotelli
Manuel Pellegrini will start his Manchester City career in South Africa

Manuel Pellegrini to start Manchester City reign in South Africa

New manager begins with two-game tour of South Africa before games in Hong Kong, Germany and Finland

Mario Balotelli reacts to abuse from Roma fans

Manchester City face possible reunion with Mario Balotelli

City will place AC Milan during a pre-season tournament

Rupert Murdoch wants top clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea to compete in new tournament

Idea comes after Fox lose rights to Premier League football in the US

AC's goalscorer, Stephan El Shaarawy

AC Milan open to selling Manchester City and Arsenal 'target' Stephan El Shaarawy

The striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Stephan El Shaarawy

AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy 'flattered' by Manchester City speculation

The Italy international has been linked with a move to the Etihad

Genaro Gattuso

Genaro Gattuso joins Palermo - but how long will he last?

The former AC Milan midfielder has been appointed by a president notorious for firing managers

Firework incident (October 2011): The Italian has another run-in with the emergency services after a firework is set off in the bathroom of his home, triggering a fire. The next day, he scores in the Manchester derby and celebrates by revealing a T-shirt which reads:

'Unless you apologise you will sweat the tears of my mother': Mario Balotelli furiously denies claims he sold drugs for Naples' Camorra mafia

Accusations were made by a gangster-turned-supergrass at a money laundering trial

In January 2013 David Beckham joined Paris Saint-Germain

David Beckham earnings expected to rocket following retirement from football, claim experts

The former England captain has announced will retire at the end of the season

David Beckham celebrates after scoring against Greece in 2001

David Beckham retires: 'The time is right' to retire from football

The former England captain calls it a day at the age of 38

Mario Balotelli with Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli not surprised Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini

The pair were close during their time together at the Etihad Stadium

Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal and Manchester City linked with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain

The Argentine striker will leave the Bernabeu this summer

Mario Balotelli was one of three players who had abuse aimed at him

Roma racist chanting against AC Milan earns fine and Sepp Blatter rebuke

Mario Balotelli was targeted by the abuse

Mario Balotelli reacts to abuse from Roma fans

Roma fined for racist abuse aimed at AC Milan players

Mario Balotelli was one of those targeted

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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