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EPL: What Mancini Told Me After I Received Red Card Against Arsenal – Balottelli

What Mancini Told Me After I Received Red Card Against Arsenal – Balottelli..  Adam Derimspor attacker, Mario Balotelli, has recalled the incident that led to manager Roberto Mancini telling him he would never play for Manchester City again.

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What Mancini Told Me After I Received Red Card Against Arsenal – Balottelli

 

Balotelli claimed Mancini was not happy with the red card he received against Arsenal in the final stages of the 2011-2012 Premier League season.

He was automatically banned for three games and luckily avoided further punishment despite the FA looking into the foul.

The 31-year-old was not sent off for a horror tackle on Alex Song in the first half, but he picked up a second yellow for a needless foul on Bacary Sagna in the final minutes of the match, which Arsenal won 1-0.

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Speaking to Man City’s website, Balotelli talked about how then-manager Mancini threatened never to play him again.

The former AC Milan and Inter Milan star said, “I don’t really remember a lot about before the match but, unfortunately, I remember the match.

“The tackle on Song was very bad from me. I am not used to tackling like that. Song is a player I know, a friend. I said sorry. It was a bad tackle but you cannot touch my friend Yaya. Song chipped the ball and I tried to guess where he was going to chip it.”

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Balotelli added: “It was a very bad tackle. It could have been a red card. It was a second yellow [for the foul on Bacary Sagna] but my intention was not to make a foul – it was to stop the shot. I went there with too much aggression but it wasn’t my intention to tackle him. He (Mancini) was angry. I remember on the bus, he said: ‘You will never play again’.”

 

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