Vieira defends ‘charmer’ Balotelli

The Italian youngster’s over-zealous celebrations sparked a

post-match melee following City’s 1-0 FA Cup success over

Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley. The game was one of

Balotelli’s best for the club even though he did not score,

however, he angered the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Anderson

following the full-time whistle. Vieira, who mentored Balotelli

during their time together with Inter Milan, does not believe the

20-year-old was behaving provocatively – stating he just got

carried away with the occasion. “That’s part of his personality,

that’s Balotelli’s charm,” said Vieira. “I don’t think it was a

case of provocation, I just think he got carried away. “There was

more pressure on City’s shoulders than United’s. As a club and as a

team, United are more used to controlling these types of games.

“For us, it was pure joy because the club has been waiting for this

for so long. And with all the press expecting United to win easily,

it was a big relief. “There was some over-excitement, but I think

United’s players got carried away as well.”