Balotelli backs down and agrees to accept club fine for ill-discipline

Thu, Dec 20, 2012, 00:00

Mario Balotelli has decided to accept a £340,000 (€417,000) fine from Manchester City for ill-discipline.

The striker had been due to take his club to a Premier League tribunal yesterday morning after appealing against the sanction.

However, following peace talks between the two parties on Tuesday night, Balotelli decided to end his case and accept the punishment.

“After amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the Club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two-week fine levied upon him by the club and withdraw his disciplinary appeal, which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel today,” a statement from the club read.

“Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures.”

Mancini did not drive City’s action and he remains adamant that, despite the dispute, Balotelli has a future at the club beyond the January transfer window, with the Italian resolute that he will not be leaving.

City claimed that as the volatile Balotelli had missed 11 matches last season, this ill-discipline should cost him two weeks’ wages.

Last month, City rejected his appeal but they have come under severe pressure from the Professional Footballers Association, who have challenged whether the club has the right to pursue the case against the Italian striker.

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