Mancini defends Balotelli

People treat Mario differently, says City boss

Mario Balotelli: Is treated differently by the media, according to manager Roberto Mancini

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feels Mario Balotelli's behaviour on and off the pitch is blown out of all proportion.

Balotelli has been a regular on the front and back pages of the newspapers since arriving in England in the summer of 2010.

But his manager believes the media are making too much of the activities of the unpredictable striker.

Mancini said: "There are some people who think bad things against other people, like Mario.

"Every time Mario does something, (it) is like a war.

"There are other people on and off the pitch that do worse than Mario and no-one says anything because maybe they play for an important team or are not like Mario."

Stay at home

But Mancini did acknowledge that the 21-year-old could do more to stay out of the media spotlight.

When asked if he tires of fielding questions about his fellow Italian, Mancini said: "I would like Mario to play, score and finish the other situation.

"It is not maybe your [the media's] fault - it is his fault because if he wants he can play and stay at home. Like this, no people can ask about the other situation.

"I think many people have different behaviour with Mario."