Mancini said: “He needs to change his behaviour if he wants to continue to play. I saw in my life a lot of players like Mario that are fantastic, arrogant guys. But, after, they lose all their talent like this and they finish in two or three years.”
Balotelli’s red card in Sunday’s 0-1 loss to Arsenal earned him an automatic three-match ban. He got away with a knee-high challenge Alex Song that the FA are bound to punish retrospectively. Theoretically, Balotelli could end up suspended for City’s final six games.