Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards in bust up

Mario Balotelli has become embroiled in even more controversy after The Guardian has reported that he was involved in a training ground bust up with Micah Richards.

The Manchester City pair had to be pulled apart by team mates during the incident which took place at training ahead of their Arsenal game. City's manager, Roberto Mancini, also got involved to keep them apart.

The players clashed after Richards accused Balotelli, who was on the same team, of not running hard enough.

City sources are playing down the incident, saying that it was quickly forgotten and the pair shook hands.

Richards has responded to The Guardian's report by tweeting that things were "all good" and: "These things happen in training & we shook hands after. It shows passion!"

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