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Man City boss Mancini left fuming over Stoke combative tactics

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was furious with the combative approach of Stoke City for yesterday's 1-1 draw.

The Mail on Sunday says Mancini was so enraged by Stoke's treatment of his team that he refused to shake hands with rival manager Tony Pulis at the end of the game and asked assistant David Platt to speak to the media while he attempted to cool down.

Mancini was furious at the manner in which Mario Balotelli appeared to be targeted by Stoke defenders, while David Silva suffered a cut ear and was forced to wear a head bandage after being hit by Dean Whitehead's elbow as they challenged for a header.

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