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Balotelli’s latest blunder gets him benched

Balotelli (Getty)

International friendlies aren't exactly intense affairs or even matches that count for anything, but even friendlies have limits on what you should and shouldn't do.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli learned that the hard way after taking a wide-open scoring chance and throwing it away by trying an absurd spin and back-heel shot rather than burying an easy scoring chance. The result was a wasted chance and City manager Roberto Mancini embarrassing Balotelli by immediately subbing him out in the 30th minute.

No, it's not the first incident to leave us questioning Balotelli's thinking, but it was still pretty shocking.

Take a look for yourself:

What did you think of the play? Glad to see Mancini yank Balotelli?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. It may have been “funny” but his temper tantrum after being subbed out for being “funny” was unprofessional at best. Meaningless game or not he should have played the way the gaffer wanted him to.

  2. Glad to see so many sensible people saying to lighten up and pointing out it’s a friendly and the entertainment angle and so on.


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