Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and manager Roberto Mancini were involved in a violent training ground bust-up today.
The City boss was seen to grab, shove and gesticulate wildly at the striker as the pair clashed in front of stunned team-mates at the club's Carrington base.
The 22-year-old Italian striker was then seen being restrained and led away by a member of staff in shocking scenes as City prepared their FA Cup third round clash with Watford.
Mancini reacted furiously following a tackle from Balotelli on team-mate Gael Clichy, once again putting the Italian's future at the club in doubt.
The drama comes just after former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Balotelli offered City the best chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title.
He believes Mancini should continue to take the rough with the smooth and persist with the precociously talented striker.
Ibrahimovic, who has netted 18 goals in just 16 games for Paris Saint-Germain this season, believes that Balotelli can inspire City to claw back the seven-point lead Manchester United currently hold over them in the title race.