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What They're Saying
July 25th, 2011 1:39AM



"He knows he made a mistake. Soccer should always be serious and if you have a chance to score, you should score. If you are serious, you can play 90 minutes. If not, you can come and sit by me on the bench. Mario is young, I want to help him and that is the end of it. To take him off after 30 minutes is enough punishment. It won't have been easy for him but it has to be a lesson."

-- Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini on his Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who broke through the Los Angeles Galaxy defense but instead of firing at the goal tried unsuccessfully to pull off a back-heel trick shot. Mancini subbed the 20-year-old afterward and Balotelli threw a sideline tantrum. (The Guardian with video)

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