Soccer: City boss Mancini to give Balotelli second chance

But Italy forward 'needs to deserve it'

Soccer: City boss Mancini to give Balotelli second chance

Rome, December 21 - Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini said Friday that he is willing to give Mario Balotelli a "second chance" while stressing that the wayward Italy striker had to "deserve it". Balotelli has not been a regular starter for the English champions this season and Mancini has publicly criticised the attitude of his compatriot, saying he risks throwing away his immense talent. He was left out of City's squad for last weekend's 3-1 win at Newcastle United. The 22-year-old's time at City has been dogged by indiscipline and a series of bizarre off-field antics. The friction peaked when Balotelli moved to appeal to a Premier League tribunal to try to overturn a fine of 340,000 pounds, or about 400,000 euros, for his poor disciplinary record that saw him miss 11 games because of suspensions last season. But the player made a U-turn after talks on Tuesday and decided to drop the action and accept the fine. "I am his manager and, like the other players, if he deserves another chance I'll give him another chance," Mancini told a press conference. "But Mario now needs to deserve it".

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