Roberto Mancini has warned Mario Balotelli of his conduct after the striker stormed down the tunnel following his substitution in the derby defeat at home on Sunday, the Daily Mail reports.

Manchester City suffered their first league defeat of the season at the hands of their bitter rivals Manchester United in a pulsating encounter which finished 3-2 at the Etihad.

The game was unfortunately marred by other incidents. A coin thrown from a City fan which left Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand pouring with blood from a cut above his left eye, while Balotelli also put himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons as he stormed down the tunnel after being withdrawn early in the second half following a below par performance.

“I love Mario but it is important for him to start to think about his job,” said Mancini.

“He has everything to play well but he can’t continue to play like today. We wanted more from him.”

“When you have a player that has Mario’s quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window. It is incredible.”

The unpredictable Italian striker was surprisingly given the nod ahead of Carlos Tevez for Sundays key game, but it was only when he was eventually replaced by Tevez that City began to launch a comeback.

Balotelli after initially snubbing Mancini, did eventually return to watch the game from the bench only to see a late deflected Robin van Persie free kick seal a 3-2 victory for the Red Devils.


  • Bif
    3 years ago

    An open question:
    First of all I hope Rio is Ok and I do not condone(throwing coins etc.) that type of stupid behaviour.

    Was Rio celebrating in front of the City Fans?
    Is that disrespectful and unsportsman like?
    If not would it have happened if he celebrated in front of his own fans?

    Should Rio be held responsible for his actions of enticing if he was celebrating in front of the City fans?

    • Asim Farooqui
      3 years ago

      Hi, you make a good point. I understand you are not condoning the incident.
      Although I agree Rio could have maybe been more tactful in how he celebrated, it is a passionate game at the end of the day. It was a last gasp winner against their biggest rivals in a hugely important game. I personally don’t feel he did too much wrong as he was at least celebrating at the end where his own fans were, it wasn’t as if he did what Adebayor did against Arsenal for Man City. I don’t think Rio should be held responsible personally, fans need to have more self control than that. Win with honour, lose with honour.