Balotelli is 'finished' at City, says Mancini after striker is sent off in defeat at Arsenal
Published 19:33 08/04/12 By John Cross
Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli he will never play for Manchester City again and blamed him for blowing the title.
Mancini even urged the FA to ban Balotelli for the rest of the season then claimed the bad boy’s career will be over in “two or three years” unless he changes his style.
The City boss was furious after Balotelli was shown two yellow cards and Manchester United opened up an eight-point lead with six Premier League games to play.
Balotelli will now be sold this summer after his latest shame.
The £25million striker was also lucky not to get a straight red card earlier for a shocking lunge on Arsenal’s Alex Song.
When asked whether Balotelli will be sold, Mancini said: “Probably – but I don’t know. I am finished. We have six games and he will not play in the next six games.
“I think that Mario should have been sent off after 10 minutes. Balotelli is a fantastic player, I can continue to play with Mario on the pitch but every time we’ll risk having him sent off.
“He needs to change his behaviour if he wants to improve his life. I’ve seen players finished in two or three years with huge talent. He needs to change. He must change it. I hope for him he will.
“He’s not a bad guy. He’s a fantastic player. But, at this moment, I’m very sorry for him because he continues to lose his talent, his quality.
“I hope, for him, he can understand that he’s in a bad way for his future, and he can change his behaviour in the future.”
Balotelli has already served two long bans for a red card and the FA took retrospective action for a stamp on Scott Parker.
That means the FA could ban him for six games if referee Martin Atkinson admits he missed Balotelli’s earlier indiscretion and the case is reviewed by video evidence.
City as good as surrendered the title due to Mikel Arteta’s late winner, which lifted Arsenal back up to third.