Premier League - Balotelli to take City to tribunal over £340k fine

Mario Balotelli is taking Manchester City to a tribunal to contest a two-week fine of £340,000.

City punished the controversial striker for breaches of club discipline which included an incident last month when he was seen out partying less than 12 hours before a 1pm kick-off against Tottenham.

The Italian is unhappy with the fine though and will attend an independent two-man hearing in London on Wednesday to contest it.

If he loses, Balotelli will likely have to pay tens of thousands in costs in addition to his already hefty fine.

Rumours of an exit from the club are sure to increase after this incident although manager Roberto Mancini insisted the striker still had a future at the club despite dropping him from the team that beat Newcastle on Saturday.

"Yes. Why not? He needs to work and if he deserves to play because he worked well then he will do, but if not he will be in the stands or on the bench like all of the other players," Mancini told the BBC after the game when asked if Balotelli was still in his plans.

"He needs to train and when he starts to play like his quality he will play again. We won the championship last year because all four of the strikers were scoring goals and we want that again."

Balotelli was hauled off just after half-time in last weekend's 3-2 defeat to leaders Manchester United, with the striker making a moody departure down the tunnel after a misfiring afternoon.

The 22-year-old has scored just once this season in the Premier League and was not even on the bench at St James' Park.

Mancini, who has had his bust-ups with Balotelli but has generally been a staunch defender of the player he signed in 2010, said after last weekend's derby that his compatriot need to think more about what he was doing.

"He can't continue to play like today, we wanted more from him," he said then. "When you have a player with the quality that Mario has, you can't understand that (he) continues to throw (it) out of the window."