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Balotelli takes Manchester City to tribunal


MANCHESTER CITY striker Mario Balotelli is taking his club to an appeals tribunal after receiving hefty fines for ill discipline during last season’s matches.

The 22-year-old Italy international was fined two weeks wages, roughly £350,000, after missing 11 of City’s fixtures last season due to suspension.

In total, Balotelli was booked nine times last season and was sent off twice. He also received a retrospective red card for stamping on Tottenham Hotspurs’ Scott Parker.

Balotelli, who has scored one goal in 13 games this season, appealed his fine but it was rejected by City and now he will put his case to a Premier League tribunal on December 19 in London.

After Balotelli was left out of the squad for City’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United on December 15, Blues manager Roberto Mancini said: "At this moment, Mario is not in good form and for this reason he is at home. It is only for this reason. To get back into the team he needs to work in training and when he plays, he needs to play well."

The case will be heard by a three-man panel.

City have refused to comment on the case.

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