‘Persecuted’ Balotelli could be driven away

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Mario Balotelli’s agent has hinted the Manchester City striker could leave England due to perceived persecution.


The Italian has been charged with violent conduct related to an incident with Tottenham’s Scott Parker at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.


Roberto Mancini has come to rely on Balotelli for big games but the latest charge against the 21-year-old has left him feeling victimised.


I think he feels persecuted; he cannot go on like that,” said Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola when speaking with BBC Radio 5 live.


“We had a very clear image of his career at the beginning and I told the press openly Mario will have to stay at Manchester City for at least three of four years, helping the club on this important project and grow as a man and a player.


“Obviously if he's being banned every three or four games for one reason or another we cannot go on like that and there needs to be an end to that.”


The mercurial young striker moved to City in 2010 for a fee of a round £24million and his time there has been littered with controversies and stories of oddball behaviour.


The Italy international has seen red on three occasions since moving to the Etihad Stadium and this latest sending off could mean a four-game ban.


City’s first team coach, David Platt, revealed the club are unlikely to appeal the decision, feeling it would be a similar outcome to the failed Vincent Kompany appeal and expressing the Citizens belief in the ‘futility’ of going against the FA.


The suspension will further frustrate Balotelli and Mancini, as the forward’s introduction to the game was his comeback from two weeks out due to injury.

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