Mario Balotelli should have seen red, claims Tottenham manager

Manchester City remain on course for their first Premier League title after a dramatic 3-2 win over Tottenham on Sunday which keeps them at arm’s length of Manchester United

Goals from Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott were cancelled out by Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale, with the game heading towards a draw before Ledley King fouled Mario Balotelli in the penalty area.

The Italian duly converted to land City the points, although Harry Redknapp was fuming after the game considering that Balotelli appeared to stamp on Scott Parker after replacing Edin Dzeko as a second half substitute.

“What reason did he have to backheel Scott in the head with his studs when he is laying on the floor?” said the Spurs chief.

“I couldn’t see a reason for it. It is not a nice thing to do. It has no place in football.

“Having looked at it, yes, I do (think Balotelli should have been sent off).

“It is not the first time he has done that and I am sure it won’t be the last.

“I am the last person to talk about getting people sent off and what they should and shouldn’t do.

“But it is blatant. He reacts to challenges like that at times.”

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