LA Confidential

Was Mancini right to freak out over Balotteli's latest stunt?

Super Mario was hauled off and publicly criticised after this incident in LA. Did the Italian manager do the right thing?

IT’S GOING TO  be an interesting season at Eastlands isn’t it?

Yesterday, Man City manager Roberto Mancini hauled off Italian striker Mario Balotelli in a blaze of indignity.

The young forward tried to score with an audacious, twirling back heel when clear through on goal against LA Galaxy.

He missed, was subbed and Mancini is not happy.

Balotelli claimed afterwards that he thought he was offside so didn’t realise his extravagant pirouette  mattered. Mancini says his player needs to learn some respect.

“I hope this is a lesson for him,” Mancini told various newspapers after the match in which City won 7-6 on penalties after it ended 1-1 in normal time.

“In football you always need to be professional, always serious and in this moment he wasn’t professional. If you are serious, you can play 90 minutes. If not, you can come and sit by me on the bench.”

What’s your verdict?

Poll Results:

Yes, he should've been dragged off (87)
Who, cares, just a friendly in Hollywood (35)
No, we need characters like that (19)

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