Yaya Toure denies Balotelli bust-up

Apr 06, 2012, 09:15 IST | AFP

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure yesterday dismissed reports of dressing-room bust-ups with team-mate Mario Balotelli.

Reports alleged the pair clashed at half-time in City’s 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland last weekend as well as during the defeat at Swansea. But Toure said he views Balotelli as a “brother” and “loves” him. 

Yaya Toure

Mario Balotelli

“They said I fought with Mario at Swansea and against Sunderland,” he said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “That shocked me. My lawyers called me about this and it was the first I knew about it. It’s just not true. It didn’t happen. I am a footballer, not a boxer.”  

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