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Italian, who is never far from controversy, reacted angrily to tackle by Belgian defender and needed Yaya Toure and James Milner to help diffuse the situation

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Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has reportedly been involved in his third row of the season with a team-mate at the team’s training ground on Saturday.

The striker, who joined the Eastlands on £23m with a “bad boy” tag reacted angrily to a challenge by Vincent Kompany which saw temperatures rise at the City training ground.

According to the Daily Mail, James Milner and Yaya Toure had to get involved to put a stop to the situation and prevent the tension from escalating between the players.

Balotelli’s time at City has been controversial since his transfer from Inter in August and altercations at the training ground with Jerome Boateng and captain Carlos Tevez have led to worries that his attitude will affect his team’s quest for silverware.

The Italian has had a history of disciplinary problems with his car having been impounded 27 times and subject to £10,000 of parking fines, as well the reported incident where the striker threw darts at City youth team players.

He also was at the origin of the ugly scenes at the end of the Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final where he taunted United fans by thrusting his badge in their direction, triggering a bust-up with defender Rio Ferdinand.

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