Marwood wants 'good example'

  • Last Updated: October 14 2012, 12:14 BST

Manchester City chief Brian Marwood has hinted that Mario Balotelli is not the sort of role model the Barclays Premier League champions want people looking up to.

Balotelli: Involved in well-documented incidents

Mario Balotelli

45. Mario Balotelli

Title Number
Appearances 37 (7)
Goals 22
Assists 7
Yellows 17
Reds 0
*Current Season

Balotelli has been involved in a number of well-documented incidents and controversies both on and off the pitch since joining City from Inter Milan in 2010.

The Italian has been involved in bust-ups with team-mates, threw a dart at a City youth team player and set off a firework in his own bathroom.

Asked about what kind of role model the 22-year-old Balotelli represents, chief football operations officer Marwood, quoted by several newspapers, said: "I think that it's important to make a good example. I think - and we all know who we are talking about - that you will get people within the system who do not show the right values and the right behaviour.

"In the main, we have a fantastic group of players here.

"I look at Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott. We have a lot of players who think and behave in the right way. You have to make sure they're the role models."