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City lost their Premier League title and were beaten FA Cup finalists last term

Gareth Bale takes a tumble against Sunderland

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Welshman appeared to go down easily under Craig Gardner's challenge

Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany doubtful for Reading return

Captain went off injured in the Manchester derby

Balotelli drops legal case against fine to save his crumbling career

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Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour

Ian Herbert: Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners will be dismayed by Mario Balotelli's behaviour

Some of Roberto Mancini’s staff are utterly disenchanted with the player

Balotelli missed 21.7 per cent of last season's games through suspension

Mario Balotelli accepts £340,000 fine in bid to save crumbling Manchester City career

PFA warns club to follow disciplinary guidelines as Italy striker discards appeal against fine at 11th hour

Mario Balotelli’s legal case may stretch beyond his career at City

Manchester City risk long battle with Mario Balotelli over disrepute fine

Players' union surprised by club's punishment of striker, which goes against guidelines

Aleksandar Kolarov was involved in an argument with a fan

Aleksandar Kolarov racism probe as Roberto Mancini's troubles grow

Manchester City victory over Newcastle marred by incident

Yaya Toure scores against Newcastle on City's way to the title

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Hatem Ben Arfa

Victory over Manchester City could spark Newcastle revival thinks Alan Pardew

Champions visit St James' Park this weekend

Kompany limped off during Sunday's derby defeat

Vincent Kompany injury blow for Manchester City

Captain came off in first half against Manchester United

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

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Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill asks to be judged at end of difficult season for Sunderland

Black Cats face Reading tonight in crucial encounter

The Sports Matrix: Monday 10 December 2012

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie wants even more goals

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