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Mancini: Balotelli spat "nothing special"
10:45am Friday 4th January 2013 in Premier League
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down his latest confrontation with controversial striker Mario Balotelli.
Mancini was yesterday photographed grappling with his fellow Italian in a training ground bust-up but the City boss insists the matter was not serious.
Mancini, speaking at a press conference to preview this weekend's FA Cup third-round clash with Watford, said: ''I think the photos show the worst of what happened.
''It was nothing special. There was no fight, this was not true.''
The incident occurred after a bad tackle by Balotelli on Scott Sinclair during a training match.
Mancini said: ''We were playing a game and Mario kicked his team-mate.I said to him, 'Go inside, leave the pitch'. He said no and I took his shirt and pushed him out of the pitch.This is what really happened, nothing special.''
When asked if he lost his temper, Mancini said: ''No, no. For two seconds, yes - during three or four seconds because he didn't want to leave the pitch. He can't do this against no one, but then it was finished.''