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Mancini: Mario has respected himself

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes striker Mario Balotelli accepted his responsibilities by dropping his challenge to a club fine this week.

Balotelli agreed to pay a fine of two week's wages for his poor disciplinary record last season when he abandoned an appeal to a Premier League tribunal in midweek. A statement from the club said Balotelli made the decision partly out of respect for Mancini but the manager is pleased the player showed respect for his own reputation.

Mancini said: "This is an old situation and it is normal when someone does a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this. It's normal. He (should) respect himself, not me, because it's important for him to respect himself, very important."

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