City initially took the action in April after
the Italy international was dismissed in the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal
at the Emirates Stadium.
Balotelli chose to appeal the
punishment but the penalty was upheld by a panel made up of City board
members. A fine of two weeks' wages is the maximum a club is able to
Now, the 22-year-old will face a Premier
League panel. Reports indicate he will be joined by his Italian lawyer
and a representative from the Professional Footballers' Association,
while City will be represented by their legal team.
"We try to
avoid situations like this wherever possible, but the player and club
have not been able to resolve this situation," PFA chief executive
Gordon Taylor told the BBC.
Balotelli was sent off three
times last season - once retrospectively - and received an additional
nine yellow cards, missing a total of 11 matches due to suspension.
being substituted in the 3-2 defeat against Manchester United,
Balotelli was left out of Roberto Mancini's matchday squad for the game
against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Mancini admitted that he
had omitted the forward purely due to his poor form and urged him to
improve his training levels in order to return to the starting XI.
this moment, Mario is not in good form and for this reason he is at
home," the manager said. "It is only for this reason. To get back into
the team he needs to work in training and when he plays, he needs to