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Balotelli to miss Manchester derby

Mario Balotelli will sit out the Manchester derby on Wednesday after he accepted the red card picked up yesterday against West Bromwich Albion.

However, Manchester City have decided to lodge an appeal against the automatic three-match ban handed out to the 20-year-old Italian striker.

‘The FA can confirm that Manchester City FC have today submitted a claim that, following the dismissal of Mario Balotelli for violent conduct, the standard punishment of an automatic three-match ban is clearly excessive,’ an Football Association statement read.

Balotelli was given his marching orders after kicking out at West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu in the second half.

The news will come as a blow to City fans with Super Mario underlining his undoubted potential with two excellent first-half goals yesterday afternoon.

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