Eastlands outfit look to reduce ban.
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Manchester City have denied they have accepted Mario Balotelli’s sending-off at West Brom and insist they still hope the decision will be overturned.
The striker was shown a straight red for seemingly kicking Youssuf Mulumbu during City’s 2-0 win at The Hawthorns.
Reports had claimed City would not contest the 20-year-old’s dismissal, only the automatic three-match ban.
But the club will have their appeal against the red card heard by the Football Association on Tuesday.
“Manchester City can confirm that we have [on Monday] submitted an appeal following the dismissal of Mario Balotelli for violent conduct during Sunday’s 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion,” read a City statement. (BBC Sport)
This is a not a surprise as teams do tend to appeal most decisions of this nature and looking at the incident in question it does seem that a straight red card was a tad harsh, either way the Italian will miss the Manchester derby on Wednesday, which should be a very explosive affair given that both sides are looking to make up ground on Chelsea. Expect more than a few cautions during that match.