Beckham Defends Balotelli After ‘Insult’
July 27, 2011
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Former England and Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has this week spoken out to the football press to offer his support for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli following the latest incident containing the young Italian.
Balotelli featured in a pre-season friendly against Beckham’s current club LA Galaxy in which he was substituted sensationally after what seemed to be an incident where the striker made light of the fixture and attempted an insulting spinning backheel towards the LA Galaxy goal.
The incident was not well received by the fans or the Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and within seconds the striker was hauled from the pitch, sparking an angry confrontation between the player and his manager.
Following the game, the Italian striker revealed that he ‘attempted’ the move as he thought that he had heard a whistle to signify that he was being ruled offside and so did not realise that the game was still in action.
The claim seems to have been offered the support of the former English international after Beckham said, “I’ve watched it back and, from his mannerisms, I believe he thought he was offside”.
The story has not been accepted by Mancini who has claimed that the Italian striker, of whom he has history following their time together at Inter Milan, knew that he was not offside.
Mancini questioned the young striker’s professionalism in a comment made to the media, saying, “In football you always need to be professional, always serious and in this moment he wasn’t.”
With the manager and striker once again clashing over a difference of opinion, Balotelli’s days at the Eastlands Stadium seem to be running out…
That being said, we vaguely remember another Italian that has also attempted a backheel towards an opponents goal…