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Roberto Mancini was forced to intervene to calm the volatile tempers of Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng following a training ground clash between the two Manchester City players on Friday.

The City manager, who has seen midfielders James Milner and Yaya Toure involved in a heated tunnel argument and Emmanuel Adebayor and Vincent Kompany row on the pitch this season, separated Balotelli and Boateng after Balotelli reacted angrily to a challenge by the German defender during preparations for Saturday’s Eastlands encounter with Bolton.

The incident  saw the two players shove each other before Boateng grabbed Balotelli by the throat. Mancini then spoke to the two players before taking 20-year-old Balotelli aside in an effort to defuse the spat.

With City’s training ground located at the side of busy main road, attempts to keep prying eyes and cameras at a distance have proved problematic, with planning permission required to erect a suitably high fence.

Despite the latest display of tension within the camp, City insisted that the clash was a trivial matter. A City spokesperson said: “We are not remotely concerned by this. It is a reflection of the competitive edge the players apply to training every day. It only lasted for a few a seconds and it’s not something we are concerned about.”

Source: Telegraph

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