Mancini added: "I watched the replay and, for me, it is nothing. This situation in the Premier League - there are a lot [of yellow cards] in every game. I don't think all [the fouls] are yellow cards. Mario should pay attention because he knows many players provoke him and this is not correct."
There were also reports that the forward damaged a door in the City dressing room after he had to be told by Mancini to head down the tunnel following his dismissal.
"I don't know this. If he damaged the door he pays - like his house," said the City boss, in reference to Balotelli's firework incident last month.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had no sympathy for the Italian, however. He said: "I think Balotelli got himself sent off. His actions spoke louder than anybody else's didn't they? Sometimes, if you look in the mirror, you get the answer.
"Sometimes he doesn't help himself, other times he doesn't get as much leeway as anyone else gets.
"But, if you help yourself, you don't get in that situation in the first place."
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