Mancini to escape line ban
ROBERTO Mancini is expected to earn a timely reprieve today before the Manchester derby by escaping a touchline ban for his bust-up with David Moyes, the Everton manager, last month.
The Manchester City boss was charged with improper conduct by the FA after barging into Moyes at the end of his team's 2-0 home defeat on March 24, when the Italian accused his Everton counterpart of time-wasting by holding on to the ball.
But an English FA regulatory commission is likely to look favourably on Mancini at a hearing today on the basis that he apologised immediately for his behaviour, accepted his guilt and that it was a first-time offence in a country he moved to only in December. The Italian is expected to escape with a formal written warning, although there is a possibility he could be fined.
Mancini would then be free to patrol the touchline when City take on Manchester United at Eastlands on Saturday.
A City victory would increase their chances of finishing fourth and therefore help them attract world-class players with the carrot of Champions League football next season.
One player who has opted not to wait to discover their fate is Jerome Boateng, the highly rated 6ft 3in Hamburg defender, who arrives in an £11m deal on July 1. (© The Times, London)