O’leary calls for FIFA help

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By NEIL JOHN­STON

DAVID O’LEARY has asked FIFA to in­ter­vene in a con­tract dis­pute with his for­mer club Al Ahli.

Ir­ish­man O’leary was sacked as man­ager by the United Arab Emi­rates out­fit last April but has yet to re­ceive the com­pen­sa­tion he be­lieves he is due for the two re­main­ing years of his three-year deal.

Gra­ham Noakes, head of Pro­fes­sional Game at the FA, con­firmed: “The FA has re­ferred this mat­ter to FIFA which has the au­thor­ity to in­ter­vene in dis­putes of this kind.” MARIO BALOTELLI claims he has fi­nally grown up – even though he says he is not about to get mar­ried or stop vis­it­ing strip clubs.

The Manch­ester City striker emerged from a Liver­pool strip bar in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing ahead of Satur­day’s Premier League home game against Bolton de­spite a club cur­few.

But the 21-year-old Ital­ian – who has courted con­tro­versy since ar­riv­ing from In­ter Mi­lan for £24mil­lion in Au­gust 2010 – says he has MA­TURED and is de­ter­mined to help Roberto Mancini’s side pip Manch­ester United to the ti­tle.

“This year I have al­ready scored

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