Balotelli Bizarrely Let Off The Hook
And there were many City fans sighing with relief that Mario Balotelli would be off the agenda for the last six games of the season. The hatstand FA had other ideas...
The Football Association's chocolate teapot grip of the national game's disciplinary procedures never ceases to amaze and Planet Blue, well versed in FA inconsistency this season can only shake it's head collectively at the latest scattergun rulings.
Back in January we were treated to the ruining of a Manchester Cup derby as a contest when a brilliantly athletic tackle by Vincent Kompany inside 12 minutes was eagerly dealt a Wayne Rugney goaded straight red by the erratic referee Chris Foy.
Fast forward to April and a dangerous, retribution fuelled potential legbreaker dished out by Mario Balotelli on Arsenal's Alex Song warrants...nothing. Not at the time, nor afterwards. It simply just does not compute.
Factor in the FA's decision to uphold the most ludicrous straight red card of the season. QPR's Shaun Derry was dismissed for not touching united's offside turf plummeter Ashley Plunge. Yet the FA outside of united's Home Counties stronghold are the only people on earth to uphold that particular abysmal decision.
Back to City. Balotelli has clearly now bought into all the hype and nonsense that has engulfed him. Nevermind his tendency to lose the plot, every time he takes the field and attempts to track back and tackle it's Blue hearts in mouths time because he can't do it and should no longer be asked to should he wear the shirt again.
all times East Manchester
TONIGHT 19:45 WBA, The Etihad, PL
14 Apr 12:45 Norwich, Carrow Road, PL
22 Apr 16:00 Wolves, Molineux, PL
30 Apr 20:00 The rags, The Etihad, PL
6 May 14:00 Newcastle, St James' Park, PL
13 May 15:00 QPR, The Etihad, PL