Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

'Super' Mario Balotelli fuels transfer speculation fire as lawyers set to appeal £340,000 fine by Manchester City

'Super' Mario Balotelli fuels transfer speculation fire as lawyers set to appeal £340,000 fine by Manchester City

By Mancunian Matters staff

Mario Balotelli is set to present his appeal against a £340,000 fine by Manchester City at an independent tribunal today.

The Italian striker is reported to have been handed a two weeks’ wages fine for on-field indiscipline but has severely disputed the action – and is has taken the matter beyond the hands of the Premier League champions.

Lawyers for the unsettled 22-year-old will attend a hearing in front of two independent panellists – Balotelli did not attend training yesterday after suffering from a virus, and it is unknown whether he will attend the tribunal in London.

The youngster, nicknamed 'Super Mario' by fans after his heroics during their successful 2011 FA Cup campaign, has suffered an unsteady season under Roberto Mancini after struggling with fitness, form and goals.

Transfer speculation linking Balotelli with a swift January exit has heavily surrounded the Blues – rumours suggest that the man who cost Mancini £24million from Inter Milan in 2010 wants to join AC Milan.

But his agent has strongly denied any transfer stories despite his constant on and off-field battle with Mancini – who hurled him off just after half-time during the Manchester derby and insisted that he is wasting his talent if he does not improve.

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