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The Daily Mail says Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will appeal against Mario Balotelli's red card at West Brom, in order to have the Italian striker available to face United in Wednesday's derby. 'He got a red card for what? I want to know why he got the red card," said Mancini. "The referee must explain to me why. It was not the right decision. So we will appeal."
The Daily Mirror claims Greater Manchester Police will enforce an alcohol ban around Eastlands ahead of the derby, in a bid to avoid the off-field scuffles which followed last season's meetings. “Anything we learned from those encounters we put into our planning for future matches," says Supt Jim Liggett, in charge of Wednesday's policing operation.