It's all kicking off! Balotelli and Toure half-time dust-up
Published 10:42 02/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure reportedly had to be dragged apart in a half-time dressing-room ruck on Saturday as Manchester City's Premier League title challenge went off the rails against Sunderland.
The two City players squared up in front of horrified team-mates as the home side trailed 2-1, before going on to salvage a point in a 3-3.
Balotelli and Toure had to be separated by Yaya's brother Kolo. It is thought that the volatile Italian striker got the hump when Toure criticised his first-half behaviour.
It's not the first time this season that young Mario has clashed with colleagues – including an on-pitch row with Aleksandar Kolarov during the Sunderland game – and, despite scoring two goals in the match, Balotelli's overall performance drew criticism from boss Roberto Mancini.
Mancini said: "Mario played like I said about him before the game, He can do nothing, like he did today for 70 minutes, but then score two goals. I don't like it when he plays like this.
"Mario has everything to do his job well but he doesn't understand very well his situation. In a game like this, the striker should be the difference. Not in the last two or three minutes, but before. Mario and Edin Dzeko should have scored two or three goals in a game like this."
City now hope to have injured striker Sergio Aguero back for their upcoming encounter with Arsenal. The striker was sidelined after one of the club's medical staff blistered his foot by administering a spray he was allergic to.
It raised again the question of medical standards at football clubs - a subject on which Mancini has already expressed his concern in the wake of Fabrice Muamba's collapse.
When asked if he had confidence in the Manchester City medical staff, Mancini said: "I only trust my personal doctor."