MILAN – Mario Balotelli’s agent will consider urging the Manchester City striker to leave England if he continues to get into trouble with the footballing authorities.
Balotelli faces a four-match ban after being charged by the English Football Association on Monday with violent conduct for appearing to stomp on Scott Parker’s head during City’s 3-2 win against Tottenham at the weekend.
“I don’t want to say that they are always against him, but when English players are involved nothing happens,” Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola said in an interview with Italian radio station Radio Radio on Tuesday. “I’m worried. I don’t want to talk about persecution, I want to be levelheaded and use my brain, but if I discover there’s something strange, then I have a duty to protect him and so search for a new club, that seems obvious to me. In that case I would talk to Manchester City, I would make them give me the cost of his transfer and I would look for the best club for Balotelli.”
The 21-year-old Balotelli has rarely been out of the headlines since joining from Inter Milan before the 2010-11 season. Even his first league goals for City in November 2010 were marred by a red card after clashing with West Bromwich Albion’s Youssuf Mulumbu.
The latest incident saw Balotelli appear to stamp on Parker’s right ear during a Premier League match Sunday. Referee Howard Webb told the FA that he would have sent Balotelli off if he had seen what happened.
“It seems strange to me that the referee says he didn’t see it,” Raiola said. “The referee saw it and talked to Mario about what happened. I’m very angry with this referee who should be disqualified for two lifetimes, he lied, he saw it.
“I remind everyone that if he had seen the incident they couldn’t look at it again on replays and Mario couldn’t get a four-match ban for this.”
Balotelli, who went on to earn and score a penalty to clinch victory for league leader City over its title rival, has until Wednesday evening to respond to the charge.