It's your own fault we know about Balotelli and Mancini! Fergie blames Man City for letting snappers catch scrappers
11:28 GMT, 4 January 2013
11:45 GMT, 4 January 2013
Manchester City are to blame for allowing Mario Balotelli’s extraordinary confrontation with Roberto Mancini to be captured by photographers, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The finger of blame has been pointed towards the Italian striker for a 'horrific' challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, to which Mancini responded furiously.
Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart
Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training
The whole episode was caught by snappers waiting next to the training ground, but Manchester United manager Fergie is at a loss as to why the club allow such free access.
Sir Alex said: 'You’re protecting the possibility of your success. Do the major companies tell their opponents what they’re doing I’m sure they don’t.
'Football has got the profile. Cameramen want to do training sessions which is ridiculous.
Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli
'It is very difficult to coach and do work related to a game because you don’t know where the information can go. Clubs like Real Madrid, the press were there every day, that’s stopped under Jose.
'A lot of clubs I know don't (allow it). How you can do your work and if you want to do tactical work, how do you do it with press around you
'Fortunately at our place we can protect against it to a certain degree. Sometimes a photographer tries to wander across the woods but now we've put those wolves in there they don’t come!'
Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy
Access all areas at Man City's training ground
Despite the criticism coming the way of the Manchester City manager, there is little he can do to combat the issue.
The footpaths on either side of the
Carrington training ground are public, meaning that anyone wanting to
watch a training session is free to.
The club has experimented with a
six-foot tarpaulin curtain around the edge of the ground, but that
hasn’t stopped photographers or members of the public who climb ladders
or trees in order to watch their heroes train.
Planning permission to extend the height
of the curtain has been sought but six foot is the limit without the
agreement of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.
In 18 months’ time the squad are set to
move their training to the new Etihad Campus training ground, but until
then it looks as though Mancini and his players will have to keep their
tempers under control.