Thursday March 17 2011
Mancini slams 'stupid' Balotelli

Roberto Mancini did not hold back in blaming “stupid” Mario Balotelli for his red card as Manchester City went out of the Europa League.

The Italy international was sent off for a very high tackle on Goran Popov just 36 minutes into today's second leg tie against Dynamo Kiev.

"If it stays 11 versus 11, we would have probably scored two or three goals,” said manager Mancini.

"I didn't see the foul properly but I am very disappointed because in a game like this it is very difficult if you pick up a red card, and you can pick up a red card for doing something stupid.

"The problem for Mario is that he thinks he could be a fantastic player. But when he does something stupid like that, it is difficult for me, difficult for him and difficult for the team."

Ex-Lazio defender Aleksandar Kolarov did give City a 1-0 win on the night, but they crashed out 2-1 on aggregate.