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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 know what a fantastic player he is. And off the pitch, everyone has their own path," Aguero told The Sun. "But those of us who are really close to Mario know that off the field he's a really good lad.
"Like a lot of players he has his own idiosyncrasies here and there. Everyone knows him as a player from what you see on the field. But I know that off the field he's a lovely lad.
"He's a young lad, he takes care of himself and approaches his life as he wants."
Balotelli has also received support from City midfielder James Milner, who believes the 21-year-old can take the pressure off the rest of the squad.
Milner said: "Mario is good to have around the place. He scores important goals and hopefully can score a few more winners between now and the end of the season.
"Is it a welcome distraction? Maybe, as long as it is at the right time. You can always rely on Mario to set some fireworks off to get the headlines.
"He is just very confident in his own ability. He has lots of that. He is fun to have around the place.
"I don't think I have done an interview this season without being asked about him. It sums up what a character he is."
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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
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".
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 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...
Spurs' Premier League title hopes were dealt a hefty blow yesterday as they were beaten 3-2 in stoppage time by leaders Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Mario Balotelli, who had earlier escaped punishment after catching Scott Parker's head with his boot, controversially netted the winning penalty moments after Defoe had gone close to snatching...
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...
The Italian striker scored a last minute winner in City's epic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but the Spurs boss believes he was lucky to be on the pitch.
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
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola refused to be dragged into the argument surrounding Mario Balotelli’s alleged stamp on Scott Parker. Guardiola...