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Mancini, Balotelli in bust-up

Premier League

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was involved in a training ground bust-up with volatile forward Mario Balotelli on Thursday, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Italian striker Balotelli provoked Mancini when he mistimed a tackle on midfielder Scott Sinclair and the pair tussled as coaches tried to separate them, the paper said on its website(www.menmedia.co.uk).

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(FILE PHOTO) Italian striker Mario Balotelli clashed with his Manchester City manager during a training session ahead of the team's FA Cup tie against Watford LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini gives instructions to Mario Balotelli of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on August 26, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Balotelli, 22, left the training session hastily before driving away from the Carrington complex.

Balotelli last month accepted a club fine of 340,000 pounds ($553,700) for misdemeanours on and off the pitch and Mancini said he was ready to give him another chance. – Reuters

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