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City forced to accept Balotelli ban

Mario will miss big matches for City. (©GettyImages)
Mario will miss big matches for City. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City have decided not to appeal Mario Balotelli's four-match ban handed down by the FA for his apparent 'stamp' on Scott Parker over the weekend.

The Italian international was at the centre of controversy on Sunday, coming off the bench to pick up a booking for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, becoming involved in the incident with Parker and then winning, and subsequently scoring the penalty that secured a stunning 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.

The Football Association took retrospective action for the collision with the England international midfielder though, with 'Super Mario' missing last night's 2-2 League Cup draw at Anfield due to the lack of an appeal from the Citizens over the violent conduct charge.

Balotelli will also miss league matches against Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa because of the decision, and Roberto Mancini is far from happy with the punishment handed down to his player.

"I don't agree with this decision [to ban Balotelli]. We accept it, but we cannot do anything. I explained it to Mario and he understood everything," said City boss Roberto Mancini ahead of last night's clash.

First-team coach David Platt had also hinted that the Citizens wouldn't appeal during a press conference on Tuesday, highlighting Vincent Kompany's failed attempt to avoid a lengthy ban for his red card against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round.

"I don't think there is anybody who thought we would win the appeal with Vincent Kompany. But I don't think anybody thought he deserved a four-match ban," Platt told reporters at the club's training ground.

"Sometimes it shows you the futility of appealing."

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