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Yaya denies Balotelli bust-ups

April 5, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Yaya Toure has rubbished claims he fought with Mario Balotelli during Manchester City's recent encounters with Swansea and Sunderland.

Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli
GettyImagesYaya Toure says he "loves" Mario Balotelli and there is no truth the bust-up claims

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Toure was said to have had a half-time bust-up with Balotelli during the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City last month, and there were fresh reports of a row between the pair during the 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland last weekend.

Toure, though, insists the claims are "just not true" and said he views the Italy international as a "brother".

"They said I fought with Mario at Swansea and against Sunderland," he told the Daily Mail. "That shocked me. My lawyers called me about this and it was the first I knew about it.

"It's just not true. It didn't happen. I am a footballer, not a boxer. People don't know my relationship with Mario. He's not my friend - he's my brother and I love him. To say we had a fight is very sad. It upset me and I feel sorry for Mario. He suffers most from these things.

"At half-time against Sunderland it was very difficult. We are trying to win the league and are losing 2-1. It's not good. But everybody was quiet. We were just looking at each other, trying to find a way to turn the result.

"But I didn't even talk to Mario. The next day he sent me a text message saying, 'Apparently we had a fight'. I just want to stop people writing and thinking that."