The player's representative insists the Italian did not intend to stamp on Scott Parker, and the former Inter man has hit out the Football Association's 'absurd regulations'
Balotelli faces a four-match ban for an incident involving Scott Parker in Manchester City’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium, in which the Italian appeared to aim a stamp at the Tottenham midfielder.
And now Balotelli has until Wednesday to decide whether or not to appeal, and risks missing further games.
Balotelli’s agent Raiola is very angry with the FA’s decision, and believes it could drive the Italian striker to leave Manchester City and the Premier League altogether.
“I am very angry, Mario has committed an involuntary gesture," Raiola told reporters in Italy.
Raiola also suggested match official Howard Webb had seen the incident, contrary to the referee's claims he would have sent the player off had he observed the clash first hand.
“The referee was a coward because he has seen everything.
“The FA must defend Balotelli, otherwise he may think of leaving England. In the Premier League there are absurd regulations."