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Balotelli accepts Manchester City fine

News 19 Dec 2012, 19:29 IST

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has dropped his appeal against Manchester City, and has accepted a two-week fine.

He was supposed to appeal against the club over his fine in a tribunal today, but ‘amicable’ talks were held between the striker and City on Tuesday night, that made Balotelli drop the charges he held against his own club.

He was fined on disciplinary grounds, and is reportedly in a rift with the senior players and the management, barring manager Roberto Mancini.

A City statement read:

“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.

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

The temperamental Italian was punished last season for his poor disciplinary record, and as a result he missed 11 games, both in the league and European competitions.

A two-week fine is the maximum penalty stipulated in standard player contracts.

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