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The Italian striker was charged following an incident in Sunday's 3-2 Premier League victory against Tottenham when he appeared to stamp on Scott Parker's head with his boot.
He escaped punishment at the time but Howard Webb later informed the FA he would have sent Balotelli off if he had seen the incident.
The FA confirmed the outcome shortly after Wednesday's 6pm deadline to submit an appeal, and that meant City boss Roberto Mancini was unable to call on one of his key men at Anfield.
"I do not agree with this decision, but we can do nothing," Mancini told Sky Sports 1 ahead of kick-off. "I do not agree.
"I explained to Mario and he understood."
In addition to Wednesday night's game, Balotelli will also miss the Premier League encounters with Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa.
However, the 21-year-old striker would be available for the Carling Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley on Sunday, February 26 should City overturn their one-goal deficit against Liverpool.
It was no surprise that City chose not to appeal, with assistant manager David Platt hinting at that course of action on Tuesday, although it is believed City officials debated long and hard about it as they are still not entirely convinced referee Howard Webb failed to spot the original incident last weekend.
Even so, it would be a difficult case to argue given Webb states otherwise and there was a possibility the ban could be extended for a frivolous appeal.
It is unlikely to sit well with Balotelli, though.
On Tuesday, his agent Mino Raiola accused Webb of being a "coward", and added: "If the English don't start to protect Mario a little bit more, we will have to look at other alternatives and leave the UK."
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The Premier League leaders did not meet Wednesday's deadline to contest the FA's decision to punish the Italian for the incident during Sunday's 3-2 win over Tottenham
The Italian was given the retrospective penalty after catching Scott Parker on the head with a flailing boot during City's dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham at the weekend.
Referee Howard Webb missed the incident during the game and the FA decided to act after reviewing video evidence, with City electing not to appeal against the charge of violent conduct.
But the Italy international...
The head of English football has launched a rare defense of a referee over criticism of his conduct.
Referee Howard Webb missed Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli appearing to stamp on Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker during Sunday's Premier League match.
Webb told The Football Association that had he seen the incident Balotelli would have been dismissed.
Football Association chairman David Bernstein has supported Howard Webb after Mario Balotelli’s agent criticised the referee. Mino Raiola, who represents...
Balotelli has been hit with a Football Association charge of violent conduct following an apparent stamp on Tottenham's Scott Parker during Sunday's 3-2 win and is facing a four-match ban.
His agent, Mino Raiola, earlier said he would be prepared to pull the 21-year-old out of the club if he thought he was being persecuted.
But, speaking to Sky Sports, Raiola played down...
Platt confirmed no talks had taken place amongst the City hierarchy and a final decision would not be made until all relevant parties had an input into discussions.
However, whilst City do have grievances over the manner in which Balotelli's alleged stamp on Scott Parker has been dealt with, Platt accepted the slow-motion pictures "do not look good".
Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge, which relates to an incident in which he appeared to stamp on Scott Parker's head during Sunday's 3-2 Premier League home win over Tottenham.
However, it is widely anticipated he will accept it, which would trigger a four-match suspension and rule him out of Manchester City's Carling Cup semi-final with Liverpool...
The controversial Italian was charged by the Football Association on Monday as a result of his stamp on the face of Tottenham's Scott Parker.
It is the latest talking point in Balotelli's eventful career and it provides critics with further reason to suggest he should leave City, with AC Milan reportedly interested.
But, speaking on the same evening as his client's...
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been a rather amusing character during his recent stint with the club.
However, there was nothing amusing during a recent match between Manchester City and Tottenham, when Mario stomps on the head of Scott Parker of Tottenham:
After this stomping incident, Balotelli was banned from Manchester City's next four matches.
Mario Balotelli will miss Manchester City's next four games, starting with Wednesday's Carling Cup semifinal against Liverpool. The club accepted a charge of violent conduct made against him by the FA, according to the Daily Mail. Balotelli kicked Tottenham's Scott Parker in the head during Sunday's meeting, but was not penalized during the game. Referee Howard Webb...
Balotelli faces a potential four-match suspension after being charged with violent conduct following an incident in Sunday's game against Tottenham when he caught Scott Parker's head with his foot.
He has been in the headlines for a number of bizarre reasons since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, but strike partner Aguero has now leapt to his defence.
"Firstly we all...
This past weekend, there were a couple of blatant fouls that could have a significant impact on the Premier League title race - and it's pathetic.
Webb had his back to Balotelli's stamp
In Manchester City's undeserved win over Tottenham, Mario Balotelli and Joleon Lescott should have been sent off for two serious fouls on Scott Parker and Youness Kaboul, respectively...
The head of English football has launched a rare defense of a referee over criticism of his conduct. Referee Howard Webb missed Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli appearing to stamp on Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker during Sunday's Premier League match. Webb told The Football Association that had he seen the incident Balotelli would have been dismissed.
The Blues coach has conceded the Italian’s clash with the Spurs midfielder ‘doesn’t look good’ in slow motion, but bemoans the FA’s disciplinary panels lack of consistency