For once Super Sunday lived up to it’s billing!
Man City’s thrilling 3-2 win over Tottenham was secured by Mario Balotelli’s 94th minute penalty, in what may likely become the go-to moment should the Citizens eventually end up winning the Premier League. But, as is almost always expected whenever Balotelli’s name is mentioned, controversay surrounded the Italian’s contribution to the contest.
An ugly incident played out in the 83rd minute as sub Super Mario stomped on Scott Parker’s head.
The Italian was off-balance after initially tripping over the prostrate Parker, but a backwards kung-fu kick in the head of Tottenham’s tenacious tackler left a horrible imprint (pun intended) on the game.
Baoltelli didn’t even receive a yellow for his kick-out and by this stage had already been shown an initial yellow card by Howard Webb.
Harry Redknapp expressed his displeasure after the game barking “He [Balotelli] back heeled Parker in the head and cut his head. He shouldn’t have been on the park.”
Meanwhile on Sky, Graeme Souness argued that Webb “shouldn’t be refereeing football matches, let alone World Cup finals” if he missed Balotelli’s stamp on Parker – video here.
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