In an interesting turnaround, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has dropped his case against Manchester City regarding for the club fining him wages at the end of last season.
It was thought at the start of the week that the Italian's representatives would attend a tribunal from the Premier League to argue his case on Wednesday, but both parties have resolved the issue without need for the tribunal.
The fines, which were incurred for Balotlelli racking up eleven domestic games worth of suspensions for his behavior on the field, were supposedly in the figure of 340,000 pounds, but neither party have confirmed this figure.
City seemed keen to move on from yet another drama surrounding the Italian, and in a statement said;
"After amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two week fine levied upon him by the club and withdraw his disciplinary appeal."
"Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures."
Whether Balotelli will be selected during the festive period remains to be seen, with speculation about a move away from the Eithad growing, and uninspiring form this year compared to his fellow City strikers adding to what could be an icy Christmas for Balotelli.