Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has become embroiled in yet more controversy following a training ground bust-up with team-mate Micah Richards on Thursday.

31814 - Balotelli and Richards clash at training

The two players clashed towards the end of a practice match ahead of Sunday's high-profile game against in-form Arsenal and the two players had to be separated by their colleagues.

Eyewitnesses claimed there was a heated verbal exchange between the two players before they squared up to one another, with Richards particularly aggrieved about what was said.

However, Richards later played down the scuffle and said the matter had already forgotten. "Me & Mario are all good!" the City defender wrote on Twitter. "These things happen in training & we shook hands after. It shows passion!"