Sergio Aguero defends "lovely" Mario Balotelli

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Sergio Aguero defends controversial City striker Mario Balotelli, saying that he is a "lovely lad".

Sergio Aguero has defended controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, saying that he is a "lovely lad".

Balotelli was charged with violent conduct yesterday after allegedly stamping on Scott Parker's head during City's 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

"Firstly we all know what a fantastic player he is. And off the pitch, everyone has their own path," Aguero said. "But those of us who are really close to Mario know that off the field he's a really good lad.

"Like a lot of players he has his own idiosyncrasies here and there.

"Everyone knows him as a player from what you see on the field. But I know that off the field he's a lovely lad."

Balotelli faces a four-game suspension if he accepts the charge.

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