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Mancini denies row with volatile Balotelli as City drop points

Published on Sep 24, 2012 11:07 AM

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Roberto Mancini played down talk of another altercation with his volatile Italian forward Mario Balotelli as Manchester City's frustrating start to their Premier League title defence continued with a 1-1 home draw against Arsenal.

Laurent Koscielny scored a late equaliser for Arsene Wenger's team at Eastlands on Sunday.

After the final whistle, Balotelli was pushed down the tunnel by City manager Mancini after shouting in his direction as he left the field - presumably discussing why he'd played just the final six minutes of the game.

"I don't know what happened, I don't know if he asked me something, but it's not important," said Italian boss Mancini, understandably concentrating more on the loss of two points. "Mario probably thinks it was important. Tomorrow I will ask him, next time I see him."

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