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We Offer The Evidence:Is Balotelli Misunderstood?

VIDEO: The main talking point from Manchester City's draw with LA Galaxy last night was the way the 20-year-old Italian attempted to back-heel the ball into the net and then his subsequent tantrum.

A lot has been said regarding Mario Balotelli but just for once I am going to let you do the talking. In the first instance this is what the City striker did to cause all this attention.



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Balotelli Bust Up Makes The News Before The Game Is Over

ESPN TV pundits Shaka Hislop & Robbie Mustoe discuss the latest confrontation between Mario Balotelli & Roberto Mancini.



Now you've heard and seen the evidence the question has to be...

Is Mario Balotelli misunderstood?

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 25 2011

Time: 7:44PM

Your Comments

Who cares whether he was showboating, heard a whistle from the crowd and thought he was offside or whatever? All that matters is that the entire world is talking about Manchester City again, and despite the negative slant in most of the press, I doubt very much whether anyone will give a fig about his actions. What is important is that with one back heel of the ball, Mario not only allowed City to completely overshadow the rag's tour of the US, he made global headlines. You can't put a price on that kind of free publicity!
fifthcolumnblue
You should be a government spin doctor fcb.
Kanchelskis
How do you know I'm not Kanchelskis?
fifthcolumnblue
Very unfair on Mario. He heard a whistle - so did I.... To make a big deal about this is not necessary
Blue ponderer
We should make a poll for this one - on the extended highlights on MCFC.co.uk you can hear the whistle....Can you hear it? Yes/No
Blue ponderer
If it hadn't been for Mario we would never have seen Joe take that penalty and the subsequent celebration.
Thaibluefan
Mancini owes Balo a public apology.
RobsonGreensleeves
Robsongreensleeves, you can't be serious mate?
Bluedub
Deadly serious mate, if not an apology the an admittance of over-reaction. He killed the game as a spectacle by putting Milner on. I don't want Milner anywhere near a City shirt, I've only ever seen him an impact once, he's dull and predictable like Barry. Back to Ballotelli, I think Mancio could have called him over for a public dressing down and b*****s to the L.A crowd and press. He's unwittingly made a mountain out of a molehill. I'm more concerned about Dzekos goal-less tour.
RobsonGreensleeves
Actually that's very unfair on Gareth Barry, I was on a roll! Sorry GB.
RobsonGreensleeves
For someone who is apparently a potential World beater it was a pretty appallng backheel. Did it go out for a throw in? Milner, like Barry, a good player.
kennyclementstache
Kenny, the ball went exactly where he meant it to go. It's obvious to me that he stopped playing because he heard a whistle. I think Mancini made a gaff pulling him off, but if he apologises, he must do it privately. He is the boss and cannot admit to mistakes.
thecamelsfoot
Balotelli needs to grow up... with his tantrums.
ADTilson
Can't agree on your Milner comment KCT. He's free to prove me wrong though doubt he could! Would never voice this opinion at the game though, don't boo the shirt. I'll be the first to hold my hands up if he (hopefully) has a great season.
RobsonGreensleeves
In the position Mario was in even if he heard (or thought he heard) a whistle he should have put the ball away. In a football game with crowds the way they are at friendlies there is always the chance that the ref did not blow.
Doody
What's the betting mario gets booked at least once this season for shooting after the whistle has gone?
fifthcolumnblue
MBallotelli Legend!
Uskok
I agree with what RobsonGreensleeves said. Roberto should be a man and apologise. He'll get a lot more respect from Mario if he does. And can I just say that I think Mario is bloody marvellous! I thank you.
Spike - mancityblues
Maybe Dzeko and De Jong should apologise too and whichever other players reacted angrily to Mario. For the record I think Mario is fabulous too.
Bluedub
Sorry, meant to say bloody marvellous but fabulous works just as well. As for Mario respecting Mancini, he should do anyway he's his manager and I believe he does given the complimentary things Mario has been quoted in the press saying about Mancini.
Bluedub
 

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