Italian charged after ‘deliberate’ stamp on Tottenham midfielder.
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after appearing to stamp on Scott Parker.
The incident occurred in City’s 3-2 win over Tottenham, with Balotelli scoring a late penalty to win Sunday’s match.
Joleon Lescott will not be punished after a clash with Younes Kaboul.
Manchester City defender Lescott caught Kaboul in the face with his forearm in a separate incident at the Etihad Stadium.
Italy striker Balotelli, who has until 1800 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the charge, came on as a 65th-minute substitute against Spurs.
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Mario Balotelli faces a four match ban if found guilty of the FA charge due to the fact that he has already been sent off once this season but if he chooses to appeal the charge then his ban could be even more lengthy. The timing of any appeal could also be crucial as if the young Italian decides to not appeal the charge then he will start his suspension on Wednesday, ruling him out of the second leg of Man City’s Carling Cup tie with Liverpool.
It seems fairly likely that the striker will end up missing a fair chunk of matches over the next month but Roberto Mancini does have Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko to call upon if he is indeed without the young forward.