Mario to miss Manchester derby

The Manchester City forward was given a straight red card for

violent conduct after clashing with Youssouf Mulumbu. City are now

appealing against the three-match ban but accept the red card – he

had already been booked – meaning he will miss the chance of facing

Manchester United. The FA said in a statement: “The FA can confirm

that Manchester City FC have today submitted a claim that,

following the dismissal of Mario Balotelli for violent conduct, the

standard punishment of an automatic three match ban is clearly

excessive. “The claim will be heard by an independent regulatory

commission tomorrow.”