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Balotelli sorry for red card

Mario Balotelli has apologised to his Manchester City team-mates for his red card in the Europa League encounter with Dynamo Kiev at Eastlands.

Manager Roberto Mancini branded Balotelli "stupid" for the dismissal, for planting his studs into the chest and thigh of Dynamo defender Goran Popov.

Mancini felt the 36th-minute dismissal cost his side their chance of reaching the last eight and tonight Balotelli has expressed his regret.

"I am very sorry to my team-mates in particular that I got sent off so early in such an important game," said Balotelli.

It was the latest in a long line of controversies affecting the 20-year-old, who has mixed undoubted talent with an unerring ability to attract trouble since his summer arrival from Inter Milan.

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