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Mario Balotelli helps AC Milan beat Chievo 1-0

Balotelli inspires Milan to victory over Chievo as race for Champions League spots hots up

PUBLISHED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Mario Balotelli helped AC Milan take a huge step towards securing Champions League football by playing a major role in the Rossoneri’s win over Chievo Verona.

Milan moved provisionally into second place in Serie A after they won 1-0 and Fiorentina and Roma both lost.

The win lifts Milan six points above fourth-place Fiorentina as the race for next seasons Champions League hots up.

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni could only parry Balotelli's fierce free kick and Riccardo Montolivo was quickest to react and smashed home the rebound.

Dario Dainelli was sent off for Chievo following a second booking 13 minutes from time.

Mario Balotelli bleaches hair blond

Who's this blond bombshell Balotelli goes for a striking new look as he seeks City return

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Italian job: Balotelli played through Euro 2012 with a hint of blond

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Hair today, gone tomorrow: Balotelli before the bleach blond style

Mario Balotelli"s brother Enoch Barwuah arrested for assault in Italy

Balotelli's brother Enoch arrested for assaulting two policemen in Italy

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 25 December 2012

In trouble: Mario Balotelli's (left) brother Enoch Barwuah (right) was arrested in Italy for assaulting two police officers

In trouble: Mario Balotelli's (left) brother Enoch Barwuah (right) was arrested in Italy for assaulting two police officers

Manchester City star Mario Balotelli's brother appeared in an Italian court on Christmas Eve accused of assaulting two policemen.

Enoch Barwuah, 20, who had trials with Stoke City and Sunderland before signing for Salford City last month, was held after a brawl at a bar and kept in custody until his appearance before a judge.

The court heard how he had been attacked as he drank in a bar in Brescia with his sister Abigail by a man who ripped his shirt but Barwuah then turned on police who had been called by the owner.

Officers said they found him in the street shirtless and barefooted and when they approached they were kicked and punched, while their squad car was also damaged in the incident.

The court bailed Barwuah to his home address in Brescia until January 3, when he will have a fast track trial accused of a assault and resisting arrest. At his hearing he apologised and said his reactions had been 'unjustified' but he had become concerned after his sister 'felt ill' during the attack.

Barwuah is Balotelli's younger brother and apart from Abigail he also has a sister Angel – they remained with his natural parents while he was adopted as a baby by a wealthy Italian couple.

Mario Balotelli ordered to show respect by Roberto Mancini

Man up, Mario! Now show some respect, Mancini tells Balotelli after convincing star to pay Man City fine

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 21 December 2012

Roberto Mancini has told Mario Balotelli that he needed to show respect for himself and his responsibilities by accepting a 340,000 punishment from the club.

Earlier this week Balotelli dropped his fight against the fine for breaches of discipline, deciding not to take City to a Premier League tribunal ‘as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club’, according to a club statement.

But Mancini believes that above all the controversial striker owed it to himself to admit he was wrong after Balotelli was banned for a fifth of City’s games last season.

Time to move on: Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli show respect

Time to move on: Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli show respect

Time to move on: Balotelli accepted the club's fine

Time to move on: Balotelli accepted the club's fine

'It’s normal that when someone makes a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this,’ said Mancini. ‘He respected himself, not me because it’s important for him to respect himself, very important.’

Balotelii was seen driving away from City’s training ground this morning after it was confirmed he is still too ill to play in tomorrow’s game at home to Reading.

Mancini insists the 22-year-old could still have a future at City despite speculation the Premier League champions will cut their losses and offload him in next month’s transfer window.

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

‘Like other players, if he deserves to have other chances he will have them,’ added Mancini. ‘If a player works well he deserves to have the chance to play.

'This weekend Mario unfortunately is ill. He came this morning but he can’t do anything.’

Balotelli will miss Saturday's game with Reading with a virus but there was good news for Mancini as captain and defender Vincent Kompany is hoping to prove his fitness after a groin injury and James Milner is also in contention.

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

As Mancini celebrates his third anniversary in charge today, the Italian admitted that he thought it would take longer to challenge Manchester United’s domination of English football following last season’s dramatic title race.

He said: ‘When I arrived here three years ago I didn’t think that maybe in two years we would win the Premier League and FA Cup. I thought that it would take maybe four or five years to win the Premier League because it isn’t easy.

'We changed things in England, and Manchester in particular, because for 20 or 30 years United won everything. We changed this because we did well. We’ve also made mistakes, which is normal, and we need to continue to work hard to improve our game.’

Mario Balotelli tribunal delayed as Manchester City try to thrash out peace deal with striker

Balotelli tribunal delayed as Man City try to thrash out peace deal with errant striker

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 19 December 2012

Manchester City are on the verge of settling their dispute
with Mario Balotelli without the need for a tribunal.

The Blues are due to take on their errant striker at a Premier
League hearing today after he contested a fine of two weeks wages imposed for
accumulating too many red and yellow cards last season.

Absent: Mario Balotelli missed Manchester City training on Tuesday with a virus

Absent: Mario Balotelli missed Manchester City training on Tuesday with a virus

However, it is understood that the club and Balotelli’s
lawyers spent much of Tuesday night in talks aimed at finding a resolution and
though no agreement has been reached yet it is believed the two parties are not
far away.

There has been no comment on Wednesday morning from City or indeed
the Premier League. However the tribunal – which was due to start at 9am – has not begun.

Balotelli was contesting the fine as there is actually
nothing in rules drawn up by the Premier League and the PFA players’ union that
allows clubs to punish players merely for being cautioned or sent off too many
times.

Insiders at the PFA had been suggesting this week that this
was a case City would probably lose.

Baloteli himself was not expected in London for the hearing as he missed training yesterday with a virus.

In the dock: Balotelli is in trouble over his poor discipline last season

In the dock: Balotelli is in trouble over his poor discipline last season

Rocky relations: Roberto Mancini left Balotelli out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle on Saturday and made him take on extra training at the club's base

Rocky relations: Roberto Mancini left Balotelli out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle on Saturday and made him take on extra training at the club's base

Mario Balotelli to take Manchester City to tribunal over 340,000 fine

Furious Balotelli takes on Man City in tribunal over 340,000 fine for bad behaviour

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UPDATED:

09:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Mario Balotelli has edged himself closer to the Manchester City exit door after deciding to take the club to a tribunal in a bid to overturn a 340,000 fine.

The controversial Italian striker was docked two weeks wages after a string of breaches of discipline.

And Balotelli will appear before an independent two-man panel in London on Wednesday.

Doubts: Roberto Mancini's relationship with Mario Balotelli is strained

Doubts: Roberto Mancini's relationship with Mario Balotelli is strained

The 22-year-old insists the fine was undeserved and is prepared to risk paying the five-figure cost of the hearing should he lose.

Having already appealed unsuccessfully to the club, Balotelli felt he had no option but to take further action.

But his latest move is likely to alienate him even further at the Etihad Stadium with even long-time supporter Roberto Mancini beginning to have doubts.

Jump to it: Mancini said Balotelli has to work harder

Jump to it: Mancini said Balotelli has to work harder

The City boss dropped Balotelli from his squad to face Newcastle yesterday and revealed: 'He was at home only because he needs to work.'

That followed the fall-out from the Manchester derby last weekend when the former Inter Milan player stormed down the tunnel after being replaced by Carlos Tevez in the second half.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Mario Balotelli star in Manchester City Christmas video

Balotelli and Richards kick off City's Christmas celebrations… but
hard man Kolarov steals the show with stirring rendition of Jingle Bells

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 4 December 2012

Manchester City have got in the festive spirit by releasing a series of Christmas videos involving their first-team squad.

The celebrations kicked off with a typically jovial Mario Balotelli playing around with Christmas crackers, while Micah Richards shared his festive memories with City's official website.

Scroll down to watch the videos

Hard man: Kolarov tried his best to get in the festive spirit

Hard man: Kolarov tried his best to get in the festive spirit

But it is Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov who provided the most hilarity with his dead-pan rendition of the Christmas carol 'Jingle Bells'.

An uncompromising player on the pitch, Kolarov shows no signs of a soft side off it as he narrates the song in a deadly serious tone.

As long as he is pitch perfect for Sunday's Manchester derby though, City fans will forgive him for his lack of enthusiasm.

Mancini takes swipe at Mourinho as Special One touts for new club

Mancini takes swipe at Mourinho as Special One touts for new club

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 1 December 2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has taken a swipe at his bitter rival Jose Mourinho, claiming the Special One is shamelessly touting himself around Europe for a new club.

Mancini has had the shadow of Real Madrid manager Mourinho hanging over him since he took the City job in 2009 and their relationship – always strained after Mourinho replaced him at Inter Milan – dipped to a new low when they failed to shake hands after Madrid's recent Champions League draw at The Etihad Stadium, and Mourinho pointedly indicated he would have been sacked in Spain for failing to reach the knockout stages of the tournament.

Under fire from Mancini: Jose Mourinho

Under fire from Mancini: Jose Mourinho

No love lost: Mourinho (left) the target of Mancini (right)

Now, ahead of the final round of
Champions League group matches this week, Mancini has had his revenge,
sarcastically quipping to suggestions Mourinho would be City's next
manager in the summer: 'I am happy'.

The Italian then added: 'I read that
one day Mourinho is going to PSG, one day he's in Inter, Manchester
City, Manchester United, then Chelsea. I think he works well for this.

'It's not important though. This is our job and I don't feel any pressure.'

Mourinho, whose Real side are badly
trailing Barcelona in La Liga, walked off the pitch at City a fortnight
ago without shaking Mancini's hand.

Mancini won three Serie A titles at Inter but was then trumped by Mourinho who led the club to the Champions League.

Mourinho also sold Mario Balotelli to
City, claiming he was 'unmanageable' in contrast to Mancini who has
given the young Italian striker several chances to prove himself on and
off the pitch.

Mourinho has often spoken of his desire to return to England despite currently holding a long-term contract in Madrid.

Manchester United defender Rio
Ferdinand has gone on record in the past to say he has the credentials
to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. City travel to Borussia
Dortmund on Tuesday with qualification for the Europa League the best
they can hope for.

Dortmund and Madrid have already gone through to the last 16 from the group.

Enoch Balotelli signs for Salford City

Balotelli signs for Salford City! … (Enoch that is, Mario's younger brother)

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UPDATED:

19:10 GMT, 16 November 2012

Enoch Balotelli, the younger brother of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, has joined non-league Salford City on a free transfer.

The 20-year-old signed for the Northern Premier League First Division side after failing to impress during trials at Sunderland and Stoke City last season.

The striker said: ‘I am more than happy to join Salford. I just want to play football. I trained with them last night, I enjoyed it, so I signed.’

Oh, brother: Enoch (left) has signed up for Salford City

Oh, brother: Enoch (left) has signed up for Salford City

Superstar: Mario

Superstar: Mario

Salford confirmed the move on Friday on the club’s official website, with the deal hinging on international clearance.

A statement read: ‘Salford City FC are pleased to announce the signing of Enoch Barwuah, younger brother of Manchester City star Mario Balotelli. The signing is subject to Enoch gaining international clearance, which should hopefully come through in the next couple of weeks.’

Salford chairman Darren Quick told BBC North West Sport: 'He’s been training with us and he’s signed for us, subject to international clearance.

'It’s great for Salford. We hope he can play a few games for us and he can use it as a stepping stone to find a level more suited to him.

'I’ve not met him but I’m told he’s a really nice lad and a really good footballer.

'We play a decent standard of football but some lads don’t want to drop to that level.

'These things can work for both parties. We might get a few more through the gate, and maybe his brother might even come and watch us.'

Mario Balotelli wants to go to Italy – Patrice Evra

Balotelli is homesick and desperate to return to Italy, claims Evra

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UPDATED:

01:09 GMT, 16 November 2012

Patrice Evra has claimed his Manchester City rival Mario Balotelli is homesick and wants to return to Italy.

City are believed to want to offload the controversial striker in January and Manchester United’s France defender believes the 22-year-old is just as keen on leaving.

Evra said: ‘Mario really misses Italy. I don’t know if he will stay in Manchester because he wants to return to his country. I meet him a lot and know him well. I am only telling you how he feels.’

Homesick: Mario Balotelli could return to Italy in the January transfer window

Homesick: Mario Balotelli could return to Italy in the January transfer window