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Talking Point: Was it a Deliberate Stamp by Man City’s Mario Balotelli on Tottenham’s Scott Parker?

Following his introduction into the Barclays Premier League clash between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 22nd January 2012, which finished 3-2 to City, Mario Balotelli was then involved in a controversial incident with Spurs’ Scott Parker.

As the Tottenham central midfielder, Parker, slid to make a block from Balotelli, the Italian came down from his shooting action and his studs made contact with Parker’s head in what could have been a stamping action.

This was not seen by match referee, Howard Webb, though Parker received treatment for his injury after replays showed clear contact between Balotelli’s boot and the player’s head.

Contact is definite, intent, less so.

The incident is controversial because, had Balotelli been adjudged to have deliberately stamped on Parker, he would have been sent off, and therefore unable to win, and score, the vital penalty which gave Manchester City the three points from this fixture.

But what do you think? Did Mario Balotelli deliberately stamp on Scott Parker, or was it simply an accidental coming together?

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  1. i agree with vic .its the movement after the stamp which makes me think the same way

  2. Have city played again and a media witch hunt prevails. You can neither prove nor dis prove it. Get on with your lives and get off your soap boxes.

  3. The initial contact was certainly not deliberate but then he makes a deliberate stamp with his other foot.
    You can tell that it’s deliberate because he lunges in the opposite direction to what would be natural to keep his balance and then launches himself in an exaggerated forward roll to disguise his actions.
    A red card for Balotelli and a red face for Webb.

  4. Funny how the Man City management did not see it but never miss a single foul against them.

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