Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
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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