Friday 15 November 2019

Balotelli off hook

Sam Wallace

Mario Balotelli is set to be told today by the English FA that he has no case to answer over the post-match row at Wembley on Saturday.

The Manchester City striker has been criticised by Rio Ferdinand for his conduct after City's 1-0 win over Manchester United, but the FA has decided that nothing in the footage they have seen suggests that Balotelli was guilty of improper conduct.

The governing body has more evidence to study today, but it does not expect to charge Balotelli.

Kenny Dalglish will also escape censure for telling Arsene Wenger to "p*** off" in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the end of the match between Liverpool and Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon may find himself charged under new improper conduct rules governing social networking sights for his rant against a fan on Twitter.

Elsewhere, Valery Karpin has resigned as coach of Aiden McGeady's club Spartak Moscow following the club's humiliating exit from the Europa League last week and its poor domestic record.

Spartak were routed 10-3 on aggregate by Porto over two legs in the Europa League quarter-finals and are second from bottom in the Russian Premier League with only four points from four games.

Karpin, who replaced Michael Laudrup in April 2009, will remain the club's general manager and will continue to coach the team until his successor is named.

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