Media reports claimed that Mancini lost his temper with his Italian compatriot after Balotelli made a reckless challenge on teammate Scott Sinclair at the club’s Carrington training base on the edge of Manchester.
The pictures, published widely in the British media, show Mancini gripping Balotelli’s orange bib in apparent rage, before the two men were separated by members of City’s coaching staff.
An eyewitness, quoted in local newspaper the Manchester Evening News, said: “Mancini ran at him — he was furious. He grabbed hold of him and appeared to try and throw him on the floor.
“It looked like Mario was too strong and he couldn’t get him
down. Then all the coaches ran in to separate them but Mancini was having none of it. He kept trying to break free and have a go at him again.”
Balotelli was also pictured walking to his car at the end of the session.
A look at some of Balotelli’s on and off-field incidents since his arrival at Man City:
>> Car crash
Just days after signing for City, Balotelli hits the headlines after crashing his Audi R8 en route to the club’s training ground. Balotelli is found to be carrying £5,000 in cash at the time of the accident and when police ask why, he reportedly replies: “Because I am rich.”
>> Dart-throwing incident
Balotelli again hits trouble after it emerges he threw a dart at a City youth team player. No one was hurt in the incident and he escapes punishment.
>> Fireworks incident
A firework is set off in the bathroom of Balotelli’s home, triggering a fire. The next day, he scores in the Manchester derby and reveals a T-shirt reading: “Why always me?”
>> Richards clash
Balotelli attracts negative headlines after pictures emerge of a training-ground bust-up with teammate Micah Richards.
>> Parker clash
Balotelli was charged with violent conduct by the FA after stamping on the head of Tottenham’s Scott Parker during a match.