Balotelli takes City to employment tribunal
It has been a while since we’ve talked about Mario Balotelli, mainly because he’s not really done an awful lot (camouflage Bentleys aside). That has all changed however, after the Italian took exception to the fine that he’s been handed by City big-wigs.
December 17th, 2012
The Italian striker has taken City to an employment tribunal following the club’s decision to fine him two weeks’ wages for his poor disciplinary record last season. All in all, Balotelli missed 11 games in all competitions last season because of suspensions accrued from nine bookings and two reds.
Balotelli’s appeal to the club fell on deaf ears so it’s off to London we go, for a three man panel to decide whether City were within their rights to dock the best part of £300,000 from the striker.
It hasn’t been a great season at all for Mario, who was hauled off early in the second half of the Manchester derby and didn’t play at all in City’s 3-1 success at Newcastle on Saturday. And Roberto Mancini has made it clear that he isn’t happy with the 22-year-old.
“At this moment, Mario is not in good form and for this reason he is at home. It is only for this reason,” he said after the win at St James’ Park. “To get back into the team he needs to work in training and when he plays, he needs to play well.”