No Balotelli punishment for altercation: Manchester City Coach Mancini

AP, Friday 4 Jan 2013

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli will not be punished for their training ground altercation, and still has a future with the Premier League champions

This is a Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011 file photo of Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini, right, as he issues instructions to Italian stiker Mario Balotelli during the team's 3-0 win over Stoke in their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. Mario Balotelli's volatile relationship with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appeared to escalate Thursday Jan. 3, 2013, when they had an angry altercation during training. News reports said the incident occurred after a tackle by Balotelli on a teammate. (Photo: AP)

In the latest chapter of Balotelli's volatile City career, numerous media outlets carried pictures Thursday of Mancini grabbing the Italy striker's training bib before the pair had to be separated.

Mancini insists ''there was no fight'' and only lost his temper because his compatriot ''didn't want to leave the pitch.''

When asked if Balotelli would face any discipline, Mancini said: ''No, no ... this is something that can happen.''

Balotelli has rarely been out of the headlines since joining City from Inter Milan in 2010.

Dismissing suggestions Balotelli could be sold, Mancini says he ''will give him another 100 chances.''

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