Manager Roberto Mancini was set to face a public grilling on Friday morning over his training ground bust-up with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
The pair had to be separated after Mancini reacted to Balotelli catching Scott Sinclair with a late challenge. Although officials have attempted to play down the incident, which two sources have said was a "storm in a tea-cup", pictures indicate a clash of tempers, with Mancini appearing particularly animated and angry.
Members of the City coaching team dragged Balotelli away from his boss, who was shown to be pointing at the forward following the initial tackle. Mancini is also seen grabbing Balotelli's orange bib as he made his feelings known, even though the younger man towers over the former Italy international.
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