The end for Balotelli and Mancini as Manchester City throw away title? Twitter reacts
Manchester City have all but thrown away the title on a dramatic day in the Premier League. City travelled to the Emirates Stadium knowing that a win was imperative to have any realistic chance of winning the title but not only did they lose 1-0 following a superb strike from Mikel Arteta but Mario Balotelli again made the headlines for the wrong reasons as the Italian was sent off, with Twitter erupting to condemn him. The Italian had already been fortunate not to see red for a studs-up challenge on Alex Song in the first half which wasn’t spotted by referee Martin Atkinson or his assistants.
Mancini cut a forlorn figure at the final whistle, as his position will now once again come under intense scrutiny. Barely a week goes by without a new rumour about his position, with Jose Mourinho the name most linked with the job and no doubt the Monday papers will be awash with possible sucessors.
As for Balotelli all patience seems to have been lost with the young forward and it now seems as if rather than being at a crossroads, it could simply be the end of Balotelli’s time in Manchester.
Earlier in the afternoon Manchester United overcame QPR 2-0 in a game that saw yet another awful refereeing decision as QPR skipper Sean Derry was sent off after 13 minutes for fouling Ashley Young inside the box. Contact was minimal to start with, that Young was clearly offside when he received Wayne Rooney's through ball just made the call from referee Lee Mason even more farcical. After Rooney scored from the spot there was only ever going to be one outcome and so it was, with Paul Scholes adding a second in the second half.