The Mail on Sunday says against West Ham, he missed a simple early chance and was booked for dissent in the 62nd minute, prompting City manager Roberto Mancini to substitute the 20-year-old.
Once again it was plain to see why the high-flying Eastlands outfit have been christened 'The Fight Club' as Balotelli trudged off moodily.
The Sicilian-born star of Ghanaian parentage ignored his manager as he marched straight down the tunnel.
Mancini was no less conciliatory, probably having feared that Balotelli would risk another red card if he had been allowed to stay.
Referee Phil Dowd had finally lost patience when Balotelli refused to come towards him, preferring instead to pull up the tights he was wearing to protect himself against the cold.