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Balotelli Bizarrely Let Off The Hook

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

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Writer:Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Wednesday April 11 2012
Time: 9:16AM


They make it up as they go along.
11/04/2012 09:25:00
Shocking decision and as for Balotelli, he brings shame on our great club. I am just glad to see the majority on Vital see it the same way. He seems incapable of changing.... so please go back to Italy and I just hope Prandelli shows his courage and doesn't pick him for Italy.
11/04/2012 12:10:00
Like most of you I'm starting to get fed up with Mario's antics on and off the field. He's in dangerous territory now regarding fans reaction but I hope for him that it will not end up they way it ended at Inter where he was a hated figure at the end, throwing his shirt on the ground and being booed off the pitch. The guy is a complete idiot and simply does not learn from his mistakes, but maybe there is still a chance? Personally I don't really know what can be done to get him on the right track. I think Mancini has given him several chances that he just simply hasn't honoured, but I don't want to give up on him just yet...Right now I don't think there are any clubs that are willing to waste any money (or at least not nearly as much as we paid for him) on such a liability. I think we would be better off trying to get him back on track, like for example getting him a coach/psychiatrist to work on his mental issues.
Blue ponderer
11/04/2012 12:50:00
That's it BP, he's an idiot but he's not this nasty person some would have you believe. I personally don't give a ***** what he does off the field, not that any of his antics are heinous anyway, what matters is what he does or more importantly doesn't do on the field. If someone can slap a bit of sense into him he could be one of the best around.
11/04/2012 13:03:00
He deserved more punishment but it isn't bizarre he's let off because the FA are following the own rules they set. If the referee makes a decision during the game the FA can't do anything more. If they want that changed it'll require a fundamental change at their decadent and corrupt organization, something they are always hesitant to carry out.
11/04/2012 14:09:00
Oh hello Willy...
11/04/2012 14:45:00
Oh and FA are a joke, not even overturning Derry's red card for A.Young 'diving'.
11/04/2012 14:48:00
No action for Balotelli and the straight red upheld for Derry makes no sense at all. Two of the most clear-cut decisions this season, and the FA bottled both of them.
12/04/2012 16:27:00
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