Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct and handed a four-game ban by the English Football Association for an alleged stamp on Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker.
The three-game ban for violent conduct was increased to four as the Italian has been sent off once before this season at Liverpool.
City’s assistant manager David Platt claimed the replays made the contact appear worse than it actually was.
Platt said: “I have looked at other angles today where other people can see it live and have not reacted, ie not one of the Tottenham players or staff have reacted to it live, and the referee has not reacted to it live, so when you slow it down that is when the reactions come.”
City are unlikely to appeal the decision as that could lead to a heavier ban for the 21-year-old player.
Balotelli will now miss Wednesday night’s Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Liverpool as well as topflight games against Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa.