Mario Balotelli Given Nine-Match Ban For This Dangerous Tackle On Alex Song (Video)
Mario Balotelli was left off the Italian National Soccer Team’s roster for their friendly against the United States just over one month ago because of a four-match ban he had received for a stomp on Scott Parker during an English Premier League match against Tottenham. It was his third red card of the EPL season.
Now the Manchester City striker is in danger of being left of Italy’s EURO 2012 roster following his latest on-field incident.
It occurred during Sunday’s EPL match between Man City and Arsenal, as the 21-year-old striker delivered a dangerous studs-first tackle to the leg of Alex Song. It was an act that in most cases would warrant a red card, however, it somehow went unnoticed by the officials in this instance. But that wouldn’t stop Balotelli from being shown a red card during this match, as he was eventually sent off in the 90th minute of Manchester City’s 1-0 loss after earning his second yellow card following a tackle on Bacary Sagna.
Balotelli is expected to receive a nine-match ban for his tackle on Song and his red card during Sunday’s match, which would keep him out for the remainder of this season and the first three games of next season (if he is still in the EPL). Italian National coach Cesare Prandelli has voiced his disapproval for players whose lack of self-control may put his team at risk of playing a man down during the EURO 2012 tournament, and Balotelli has once again proven himself to be that type of player. As a result, it wouldn’t surprise us to see this latest incident keep him off the Azzurri roster in June.
Here is a look at his dangerous tackle on Alex Song.
Hat Tip Ron Canada