Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Alan Green: Balotelli panto may run and run

You’ll know I believe Manchester City should have rid themselves of Mario Balotelli a long time ago: he’s a player that isn’t worth the trouble.

It’s not as if he’s the star man at the Etihad: far from it; he’s scored just a solitary league goal since last March. He’s often out of the squad, never mind being on the bench, and, when he does appear on the pitch, his contribution is often peripheral.

However, last week’s training ground bust-up with Roberto Mancini SHOULDN’T be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If anything, the photographs showed that Mancini ‘lost it’ more than his fellow Italian.

Such showdowns happen at every training ground every week though few, to be fair, involve the manager.

Carrington offers photographers a wonderful vantage point from an adjacent public footpath. It’s the photos and not the act that made this incident different. They’re normally ‘private affairs’.

If Mancini and City still want the adolescent, they’ll keep him. Whatever we think.

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