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Balotelli In The FA's Scattergun Dock

Balotelli In The FA's Scattergun Dock

Man City haven't had it easy this season by any stretch of the imagination. Roberto Mancini is now preparing to take on the next phase of games without a key squad player...

From the Champions League group of death and elimination with a hard fought 10 points and six Premier League away fixtures after each game, through tough cup draws and ludicrous refereeing decisions to missing important personnel for various reasons, The Blues have faced the lot down so the message to the Football Association is do your worst.

Tonight we learned that Peter Walton will take charge of Everton Versus City for the third consecutive season next week. Two City defeats and 12 cards including a Kolo Touré sending off at this stage.

'Just because it's City' is fast becoming a paranoid mantra around town with each kick in the golden knackers. It's a hearts in the mouth job at The Etihad every time one of our lads makes contact with a rival player.

This correspondent, hand on sky blue heart honestly could not say whether or not Mario calculatedly meant to connect with Scott Parker who is reknowned for not taking any prisoners. Parker has admirably kept his own counsel to date through the Get Balotelli hysteria led by United's Ratboy Neville and Liverpool's Graeme Souness that has engulfed City's win over Spurs. The smart money would always have been on next to nothing being said at all had City lost.

So it's nailed on that The Citizens will be without Balotelli for four games following his laughable sending off at Liverpool last year.

But then again, or is it...?

In November 2010, admitted clearly by his own manager in his Sun column as being the second time he'd done it, Spurs' Tom Huddlestone stamped with open, clear and present violent aggression on Bolton's Johan Elmander.

Referee Chris Foy, who ridiculously sent off Vincent Kompany for a brilliant tackle against the rags this month told the FA's disciplinary unit that he saw Huddlestone's stamp on Elmander and did not deem it worthy of a yellow or red card.

Meanwhile, can we yet expect a similar, concerted outcry to the one we've witnessed the past 24 hours from all English footballing angles over the shockingly inconsistent standard of refereeing this season?

Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday 25 Jan 2012 to respond to the charge. Forget it. Aguero and Dzeko to lead the line.

all times East Manchester

We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2
Tu 31 Jan 20:00 Everton, Goodison Park, PL
Sa 04 Feb 17:30 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Su 12 Feb 16:00 Aston Villa, Villa Park, PL
Th 16 Feb 20:05 Porto, Estádio do Dragão, ELR32
We 22 Feb 20:05 Porto, The Etihad, ELR32
Sa 25 Feb 17:30 Blackburn, The Etihad, PL

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Writer:Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Monday January 23 2012
Time: 7:42PM


First of all good game. He did have a little stamp, you can clearly see it, However he did not connect. The first clash was accidental I beleive but the second attempt was dirty. Now, as for the elbow by Lescott, no other word for that man comes to mind except..........SCUMBAG. I beleive he should get a three month ban totally went in for the kill and could have broken his jaw. I would throw the book at this fool.
23/01/2012 19:54:00
They're running out of players to ban, Joe Hart next I reckon for violent conduct against the grass.
23/01/2012 19:55:00
Forearm smashes must be allowed mate. Wayne Rugney mullered that Wigan player, running straight at him.
Johnny Baguette
23/01/2012 19:57:00
Some of you city fans are either blind or in denial. Have another look

The way he throws himself to the ground afterwards is a dead give-away, along with the unnatural movement of his right leg going against his own body's momentum.
23/01/2012 20:22:00
Ledgespur, I completely disagree about Lescott, yes he does catch him with his forearm and his arms probably shouldn't be that high but it was completely unintentional. The Spurs player on the other side of Lescott is grappling with him and pushes Lescott towards Kaboul, Lescott's forearm actually comes off Kaboul's shoulder up into his jaw. I know this is cliche but when have you ever seen Lescott put in a dirty challenge on anyone?
23/01/2012 20:55:00
Sorry BD, but never the twain shall meet, particularly when the Spurs fans believed all they needed to do was trun up at the Etihad to take all 3 points. All our players are dirty cheats, all our fans are foolish platic glory-hunting prostitutes and our manager has besmirched the reputation of the upstanding English game by bringing his despicable foreign ways to these shores. All hail saint 'arry and the Tottingham massive, saviours of the English game, whiter than white, and in the right. Balotelli never stood a chance, he is the media's wet dream, and 'arry knew exactly where to stick the boot to ensure maximum damage. Still, very clever from 'arry, instead of questioning how his tactics lost Tottenham the game, the fans will now all concentrate their outrage on Webb, Balotelli, City and the FA.
23/01/2012 21:06:00
how did his tactics lose us the game? we looked as much of a threat after our subs than we did before. What lost us the game was a poor tackle by one of the best central defenders in the league. Im 99% certain Harry neither instructed him to do it nor did he advise JD to be an inch too short. Tactically we matched you pound for pound. We had a gifted goal as did you when Lescott fell over and hit the ball into the net. Lescotts arm to the face was a free kick - not a sending off but high arm to the face generally results in some kind of free kick. Either way, im pretty sure Mario B's reputation has everything to do with him being a horrible piece of scum. He clearly lashed out at scotty p. meaning to hit him in the face? irrelevant. he kicked out, faked falling over then pretended to apologise. disgusting. Your boys got lucky - in the end there was nothing between the two teams.
23/01/2012 21:19:00
So should Huddlestone have the same done to him for his stamp on Elmander with far more *unquestionable* intent, Cape Town Spurs, you evil evil little man? Or is that OK?
23/01/2012 21:26:00
Dude02, City were the better side, Spurs didn't threaten at all until we gifted you a silly goal through a sloppy mistake. The circumstances at the end can be perceived as unlucky but on the balance of play over the ninety minutes City were the better side and deservedly edged the game.
23/01/2012 21:33:00
stu - im not gonna disagree that Hudd's challenge on elmander was dirty. I didnt disagree at the time and that was actually the second evil challenge id seen him make on a player in a few months. he also lashed out at a FC Twente player in the CL. Im no hypocrite and i hate cheats. But what Hudd did is irrelevant to yesterday game. 2 wrongs dont make a right. How any Man City fan can defend Balotellis actions on the basis that someone, somewhere at some other time did something similar but got away with it it laughable. It doesn't even make sense as an argument. Have some class. You won the game! No one is going to take the points away from you if you swallow your pride and admit that the man who won you the game should not have been on the pitch to win it.
23/01/2012 21:35:00
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