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Another Backheeler Punished

During Manchester City’s friendly against LA Galaxy, striker Mario Balotelli was substituted after only 30 minutes for a cheeky, yet failed attempt to score with a backheel tip towards goal. His teammate Edin Dzeko was not too happy with the failed attempt at fancy footwork when a simple shot on goal or pass to him would probably have been a better result. Balotelli has been quite the personality in his first season of English soccer, arrogant and even chucking darts at youth team players. At the touchline, he obviously disagreed with his manager’s decision, who said after the match that “you always need to be professional,” even in friendlies.