Man City 3 Spurs 2: Balotelli’s foot stamp sparks controversy


Manchester City VS Tottenham Hotspur 22012012 by Forzamediadivision
The first half was as dull and dragging as the Utd vs Arsenal match. The second half was just the opposite – a high voltage pulsating encounter between 1st placed City and 3rd placed Spurs. Roberto Mancini’s squad went ahead in the second half through Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott, both goals within minutes of each other. City let Spurs back in through some dreadful defending from Stefan Savic as Jermaine Defoe narrowed the gap. Gareth Bale scored an exquisitely cultured equalizer. The introduction of Mario Balotelli was not very auspicious as the striker was booked for a foul on Benoit Assou Ekotto.
Minutes later came the controversial moment when Balotelli looked to have stamped on Scott Parker’s head after both players got tangled up with the Spurs midfielder falling to the ground. Howard Webb missed the incident and Balotelli was lucky to remain on the pitch. Spurs missed a glorious chance to finish as winners as Defoe was unable to turn the ball into goal after Bale’s touch with the pass proved a bit too heavy. The last laugh belonged to City as Balotelli was brought down by Ledley King. The Italian calmly converted the PK.
There is now a chance that Balotelli could face a four match ban with the FA taking retrospective action. A very unhappy Harry Redknapp seems to think the “kicking” was intentional.
Have at the highlights before they are taken down.

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