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Mancini happy Balotelli retracts attempt to overturn fine

Published on Dec 21, 2012 8:12 PM
 
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (right), talks to Mario Balotelli during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Nov 25, 2012. Mancini on Friday said that he believed Mario Balotelli "respected himself" when he climbed down in his attempts to overturn a club fine. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on Friday said that he believed Mario Balotelli "respected himself" when he climbed down in his attempts to overturn a club fine.

Italy striker Balotelli, 22, was set to take his club to a Premier League tribunal in an attempt to overturn a fine of two weeks wages over his poor disciplinary record last season.

Balotelli will miss the game against Reading at the Etihad Stadium with a virus that has kept him out of training this week. But Mancini was pleased that the situation over the player's conduct has now been resolved.

Mancini said: "He's very unlucky he is ill. This is an old situation and it is normal when someone makes a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this. It's normal."

 
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