Premier League - Balotelli 'threw darts from window'

Sun, 27 Mar 12:09:00 2011

Manchester City are set to discuss Mario Balotelli's disciplinary issues after the striker was reportedly caught throwing darts from a first floor window.

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The People claims that Balotelli lobbed the missiles in the direction of youth team players because he was "bored".

The incident occurred at City's Carrington training complex, and the club said nobody was injured.

However, the volatile striker could still face a fine for his actions, and a club spokesman said: "The matter will be dealt with internally."

Controversy has dogged Balotelli since his arrival from Internazionale in summer 2010.

Last week manager Roberto Mancini accused the 20-year-old of betraying his trust and being "stupid" after he was sent off as City were knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev.

Mancini said: "Mario needs to use his brain - if he doesn't he will find things very difficult.

"He is a young player, but this is the time when he needs to start thinking with his head. He is a fantastic player and his talent does not deserve this situation.

“But he has let down the players, the squad, and me because I trusted him 100 per cent."

Before the game he was shown on TV apparently unable to put on a training bib, and the video has become an internet sensation.

In the first leg of that tie, he was substituted after suffering an allegic reaction to the grass in Kiev.

Balotelli was sent off against West Bromwich Albion in November, and has picked up nine yellow cards in 21 appearances.

Just weeks after signing, he was unhurt after being involved in a two-car collision in Cheshire in his Audi A8.

For all his problems, Balotelli has scored 10 goals for City and is rated as one of the most talented youngsters in the world.

He recently admitted he needed help to control his temper on the pitch, and City are determined to ensure he does not waste his talent.

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