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Media circus to blame for City downfall

April 14, 2012 - 12:34am

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PICTURE: REUTERS

Mario Balotelli should not be made to shoulder all the blame for Man City’s recent poor run of form.

City didn’t lose ground in the title race over the weekend when Balotelli was sent off – it started a lot earlier, last month, when they lost to Swansea before unexpectedly dropping points against Stoke and Sunderland.

Nobody was talking about him back then – Balotelli only got into headlines in the game against Sunderland when, obviously frustrated at being 3-1 down, he nearly pummeled Aleksandar Kolarov over who should take a free-kick.

That was the first sign for Roberto Mancini to take action, but I’m surprised that being the disciplinarian he is reputed to be, Mancini continued to play the young Italian.

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