Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli charged with violent conduct

Scott Parker might have woken up on Monday morning with a headache, thanks to a kick to the head administered by Mario Balotelli during Sunday’s game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur

From watching replays, it didn’t seem obvious whether the Italian had deliberately stamped on Scott Parker, although the FA have decided to charge Balotelli with violent conduct after consulting referee Howard Webb.

An FA statement read: “The FA has today charged Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli with violent conduct following an incident in his side’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Balotelli was involved in an incident with Tottenham’s Scott Parker during Manchester City’s 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 22 January 2012.

“Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday 25 January 2012 to respond to the charge.”

This charge comes just two weeks after Vincent Kompany received a four-match ban, with the Belgian serving the final game of his suspension when Manchester City travel to Liverpool for a Carling Cup clash this week.

However, City had better news on the Joleon Lescott front, with the England defender avoiding any charge despite appearing to elbow Younes Kaboul during the match which Manchester City won thanks to a late Balotelli penalty.

“I don’t like people kicking other people in the head on a football pitch,” said Harry Redknapp after the game.

“It is not something I understand. Why should he go and back-heel someone in the head when he is on the floor?”

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