26 Jan 2012

Man City accept Balotelli ban

8:30 am on 26 January 2012

English Premier League football leaders Manchester City have accepted Mario Balotelli's four-match ban for violent conduct in Monday's win over Tottenham.

The Football Association confirmed that City informed them they would not be challenging the suspension, which was punishment for Balotelli's apparent stamp on Scott Parker's head at the Etihad Stadium.

Balotelli will miss today's League Cup semi-final second leg at Liverpool, as well as City's Premier League encounters with Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa.

But the 21-year-old striker will be available for the League Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley on February the 26th, should City overturn their one-goal deficit against Liverpool.