Mancini unworried by bust-ups

Twice players have not seen eye-to-eye at Carrington after Jerome
Boateng and Mario Balotelli’s tangle was followed by Emmanuel
Adebayor and Kolo Toure’s scrap. City’s exposed training ground
means that every altercation is picked up by the watching media,
although Mancini accepts that player disagreements are part and
parcel of the game. Mancini was accustomed to squaring up to
team-mates as a player in training and is happy letting the matter
pass providing the quarrel ends once the session finishes.
“Sometimes we fight for them [the photographers] so they can sell
their pictures,” he joked. “I played football. I know that in every
team sometimes these things can happen. When you stay and train
every day and play a match at 100 per cent, it can happen this way.
“I had a fight on the training ground about five times in my
career. One time when I was young I had a fight in training against
an English player who was playing with me at Sampdoria – Trevor
Francis. “I don’t remember the cause of it because it was about 25
years ago, but I remember the fight very well. It’s important that
afterwards, it was finished. “I’m not bothered about the headlines,
no, no, absolutely not. I like players to be competitive on the
training ground, but this happens at every club. “We give a fine to
the players for fighting because we mustn’t do this, but it happens
again. Sometimes not, sometimes it’s better to. “It’s never serious
because it starts and finishes in two minutes and in the dressing
room everything is finished. We fine the player, the player pays
and in the end any money may go to charity. “We call it creative
tensions. I understand that this can happen sometimes – not always
– but it can happen sometimes. I’m not worried because it’s not
serious. It’s for stupid things, always.”