Etihad Stadium star set for stiff punishment following his antics at the Emirates Stadium during Man City’s defeat to Arsenal.
Mario Balotelli is facing a nine-game ‘totting up’ ban after the FA revealed they are deciding whether to punish his studs-up tackle on Arsenal’s Alex Song, which referee Martin Atkinson missed.
If they do, it would count as a fourth red card of the season for the Italian, who is facing a revolt by his Manchester City team-mates, with several demanding that manager Roberto Mancini kicks him out of the club this summer.
Balotelli was sent off anyway late in the defeat by Arsenal for a second yellow card. He already misses one game for that sending off and an extra two because it was his third red of the season.
He could be banned for a further three games for the Song tackle and then for another three because that would count as his fourth red.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
One would imagine that Roberto Mancini would not challenge any punishment handed down to his young Italian attacker as the way in which he spoke about Mario Balotelli following the game suggested that he felt he deserved having the book thrown at him for yet another undisciplined performance.
A nine match ban would mean that the 21 year old wouldn’t play again this season which is probably what Mancini would have insisted on anyway as he appears as disgusted by Balotelli’s actions as the FA appear to be.
One wonders if Balotelli has a future at Man City or whether any decent offer for his services would be accepted by the Etihad Stadium club?