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Balotelli to fight Manchester City all the way over fine as his exit grows more likely


Mario Balotelli will go before a Premier League panel on Wednesday to find out whether he has a case to regain the fine incurred by his club Manchester City at the end of last season.

The fine, which was set down by club and approved by Balotelli's mentor Roberto Mancini, was a total of two weeks wages, but the striker would not let the matter drop after his appeal with the club was dismissed.

Balotelli was sent off twice during last season, and was also given a hefty ban for a stamp on Scott Parker against Tottenham. 

He missed eleven games in total, almost a third of the domestic season, and would no doubt have come under further scrutiny from fans and critics had his volatile behaviour meant that City missed out on their first Premier League title.

As it turned out, City won the league on the last day of the season, but the amount of games he missed still led to a fine from the club.

Speaking to the BBC, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said "We try to avoid situations like this wherever possible but the player and club have not been able to resolve the situation."

The bitterness growing between the player and club has only fuelled the speculation that the Italian will leave City in January, with former club Inter Milan amongst several clubs supposedly waiting in the wings.

How much damage will be done to the personal relationship between Balotelli and his manager Mancini, who has so often jumped to the defence of his 24 million pound striker, remains to be seen.

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