Manchester City's Balotelli accepts fine, withdraws appeal

AP, Wednesday 19 Dec 2012

Last season, the veteran attacker missed 11 games due to suspension

Mario Balotelli
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez (L) laughs with Mario Balotelli during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester.(Photo: Reuters)

Mario Balotelli has accepted a two-week fine by Manchester City for repeated on-field misbehavior last season and withdrew his appeal against the sanction.

The Italy striker was due to take on City at a Premier League tribunal in London on Wednesday after being handed a fine reported to be 340,000 pounds ($550,000) - or two weeks' wages.

However, City says in a statement ''after amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two-week fine levied upon him.''

City says ''Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures.''

Balotelli missed 11 games last season because of suspension.

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