City leave Balotelli at home for Juventus clash

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has decided to protect Mario Balotelli from possible racist abuse by leaving him at home for the club’s Europa League match with Juventus on Thursday.
Balotelli has endured an explosive relationship with Juventus fans ever since he burst onto the scene with Inter, and Mancini has decided that the striker would not benefit from playing the upcoming match.
Juventus have been forced to play home matches behind closed doors in the past after openly chanting racist songs towards Balotelli.
The troublesome 20-year-old has also suffered abuse at the hands of his own fans while playing for the national team most recently in an international friendly against Romania.
But he will be spared another potential incident in Turin later this week. City can top the group should they win, while Juventus are already eliminated after drawing all five of their matches so far.
Mancini’s decision to leave Balotelli in England is also to avoid another scandal, after Carlos Tevez submitted a transfer request to the club on Saturday night.
As well as that, Emmanuel Adebayor, who may replace Balotelli against Juve, seems certain to leave the club in January. Ironically, the Bianconeri have been suggested as a possible destination for Adebayor.

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