Balotelli withdraws City appeal, accepts fine
Manchester, England (Sports Network) - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has decided to accept a two-week fine imposed by the club for his on-field misbehavior from last season and has dropped his appeal.
Balotelli missed 11 matches last term for City through suspension, and the fine levied against the Italy international was $550,000 - or two weeks' wages.
The 22-year-old was set to meet City at a Premier League tribunal on Wednesday to contest the fine. However, Balotelli has decided to take the punishment according to a statement from the club.
"After amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two-week fine levied upon him," the statement read.
"Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures."