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Mancini Shoves Balotelli Down Tunnel After City’s Draw: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Balotelli Bust-Up

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was involved in a confrontation with Mario Balotelli following yesterday’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Arsenal, the Daily Mail reported.

Mancini shoved Balotelli down the tunnel after the Italian striker, who had come on as an 85th-minute substitute, made a comment as he left the pitch, the newspaper added.

“I don’t remember if he asked me something but it’s not important,” the Mail cited Mancini as saying after the match. “Mario may think it was important. Tomorrow I will ask him.”

Red Card

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey said Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson influenced the referees’ decision to send him off during yesterday’s Premier League match at Anfield, the Daily Mirror reported.

Shelvey, who apologized to fans for his red card in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat, pointed and shouted at Ferguson as he left the pitch yesterday, the Mirror said.

“I have also apologized to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don’t grass people up to get someone sent off,” the newspaper cited Shelvey as saying.

Agger’s Knee

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger may miss the rest of the season after he was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury during yesterday’s game, the Mail reported.

“The medics were saying it might be a medial ligament,” the newspaper cited Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as saying. “We’ll see.”

Free Agent

Fulham manager Martin Jol is considering a move for free agent Nigel Reo-Coker to solve the team’s shortage of midfielders, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Jol already lost Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu since the end of last season before Mahamadou Diarra suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury, the newspaper added.

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