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Ban Webb For Life - Mario Agent

Ban Webb For Life - Mario Agent

The fall out from 'stampgate' continues. Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has steamed in with a right old offload on Italian radio...

Raiola's furious words have gone directly against much of the pontificating bandwaggoning we've witnessed in England over the past 48 hours and flown straight to the heart of the increasing debate over pisspoor FA refereeing standards:

'The referee saw everything, because he spoke to Mario after the action. So in my opinion, this referee must be banned for life because he did not tell the truth... TV images show that he is really close to the action, how can he say he did not see it?! What was he doing? He says he did not see it, only to defend himself.

'Mario cannot be banned for four games. He was not balanced and there was also a push from Modric. It is not an intentional foul because Mario does not want to hurt anyone, he did not see Parker, that is all.'

In a further impassioned statement, Raiola went on to suggest that the talented 21 year old Italy international may need to leave England in line with the theory that some of the soft bookings he has picked up are reputation fueled:

'If I find that there is something strange against Balotelli, my duty is to protect and then take him away.

'In such a case I would speak with City. I would ask them Balotelli's price and would look for the best team for him, as there are only 6 or 7 teams he can play for.

'I talked to Mario who said he is happy to stay in England, but he does not understand certain things and they sadden him.'

Balotelli has made 49 appearances to date for City including 17 as a substitute and scored 22 goals.

During that time he has been booked 17 times and sent off three times with a retroactive red card imminent.

all times East Manchester

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Writer:Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
Time: 3:18PM


"'The referee saw everything, because he spoke to Mario after the action. So in my opinion, this referee must be banned for life because he did not tell the truth... TV images show that he is really close to the action, how can he say he did not see it?! What was he doing? He says he did not see it, only to defend himself." Well said, at least this fella's not afraid to tell it like it is.
24/01/2012 15:25:00
from his final statements, this fella is just looking for an excuse to unsettle Balotelli and earn some more agent fees from another big money move. its not really his 'duty' to take Balotelli away, more his mission statement at the agency.
24/01/2012 15:30:00
Not at all Dazz, he has said consistently that Mario is happy in the last month when the Italian media were linking him with a move home nearly every day. He is afraid his client is being persecuted for who he is and that's why he made that comment at the end.
24/01/2012 15:38:00
That's crap dazzwater, this is the first time I've actually seen an agent standing up for his player. He's right, Webb is a disgrace, he's proved it time and time again. The same agent has turned away several suitors from Italy and Spain for Balotelli's services. The referees and their association, and the FA have BIG questions to answer.
24/01/2012 15:41:00
Straight from the horse's mouth. Raiola knows that City is the best place for him football-wise, although he didn't reckon on the insidious influence of the tabloid press that has whipped the mob up into a blood-frenzy:

“Mario has no intention of leaving City,” Balotelli’s representative Mino Raiola said to Sky Sport Italia. “He has started to understand certain systems on how to get along there. “Strangely for him, he is admitting that Manchester isn’t as bad as he thought or said. “Is Milan a better city? It depends on your point of view, but right now Manchester is better for him.”
24/01/2012 15:53:00
I wouldn't be so sure fellas. All this pro-city and Manchester stuff was before this incident. He's also recently said he'll be here the rest of this year and next and then we'll see. That doesn't suggest he's going to be with us long enough to become a legend. It says to me he's looking for a way out and I think this is another thing that will add fuel to the fire. I love Mario but are we going to keep him long term - I doubt it.
24/01/2012 16:04:00
The agent is right. Webb is a disgrace. He should have sent off Balotelli there and then for his deliberate stamp on Parker's head, having previously sent off Lescott for his malicious and targetted elbow in Kaboul's face. Mind you he didn't send off DeJong for his kung fu attack on Alonso what can you expect.
24/01/2012 16:08:00
Webb is one of our top refs, it would be ridiculous to call for a ban on a referee, who did see the initial contact but not the incident everyone refers to. As David Platt points out if you see it in super slow mo, then it looks bad, but HW was looking away at the time.
Buzz Lightyear
24/01/2012 16:14:00
LMFAO! I suppose next he may come up with a story that Parker tried to head butt this (unts boot!
24/01/2012 16:14:00
So you're all tickety with a referee and member of the police force telling a blatant porky to cover his own arse then, are you Kernowboy? You think Balotelli deserved sending off, fair dues, I won't argue that particular point - but Webb clearly saw the incident at the time and waved play on. For him to then turn around and claim he didn't see it (under pressure from the media) is nothing short of disgraceful. Hope your opinion stays the same the next time a ref changes his mind in a manner that goes against Spurs.
24/01/2012 16:15:00
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