Mad Mario Told To Get Serious
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been warned by manager Roberto Mancini that he must treat his opponents with more respect after he was hauled off for showboating in his last game against LA Galaxy.
The eccentric Italian, who is originally of Ghanaian descent, found himself clean through with City 1-0 up against the Galaxy, but rather than shoot Balotelli opted to drag the ball back before backheeling it wide of goal.
Balotelli’s audacious attempt prompted a furious Mancini to substitute the striker with only 30 minutes of the game gone, with the home fans showing their disdain for his antics with a chorus of jeers as he left the field of play.
“I hope this is a lesson,” said Mancini, who refused to listen to Balotelli’s claims that he thought he was offside. “If you are serious you can play 90 minutes. If not, you can come and sit by me on the bench. If you have a chance to score, you should score.”
Mancini’s comments, however, have had a very mixed reception from fans of City and football in general, with many spectators believing that Balotelli’s quirks and eccentricities are the very thing that makes him and football in general fun to watch.
Those backing the Italian forward have pointed out that the game was only a friendly and should therefore be treated as a game for experimentation and to the fact that Mancini himself was not exactly shy of pulling out a trick or two in his playing days.
Whatever your opinion on the matter, one thing is for sure – with Balotelli around, it’s going to be an interesting season in the Barclays Premier League this year.