Super Mario in town
Posted Saturday, August 23 2014 at 01:00
From breaking curfew, red cards to crashing cars, Super Mario has done it all
CAR CRASH (August 2010)
Days after signing for City, Balotelli crashed his Audi R8 en route to training. Balotelli was found carrying £5,000 at the time of the accident and when police asked why, he reportedly replied: ‘Because I am rich.’
FIRST RED CARD (November 2010)
He scored his first Premier goals in a 2-0 win at West Brom but the achievement was marred when he was sent off following a clash with Youssouf Mulumbu.
WILSHERE SNUB (December 2010)
City boss Roberto Mancini said Balotelli must change his attitude following his claims he had never heard of Jack Wilshere after beating the Arsenal midfielder to Fifa’ss Young Player of the Year award.
DART-THROWING INCIDENT (March 2011)
Balotelli again hit trouble after it emerged he threw a dart at a City youth team player.
SECOND RED CARD (March 2011)
Balotelli apologised to his teammates after being sent off during a Europa League tie with Dynamo Kiev for a reckless challenge on Goran Popov.
BACK-HEEL BLUNDER (July 2011)
Balotelli was immediately substituted by an enraged Mancini after performing a pirouette and back-heeling wide when clean through on goal in a pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy.
FIREWORK INCIDENT (October 2011)
The Italian had another run-in with the emergency services after a firework was set off in the bathroom of his home, triggering a fire. The next day, he scored in the Manchester derby and celebrated by revealing a T-shirt which read ‘Why always me?’
BREAKING CURFEW (December 2011)
Balotelli broke a club 48-hour curfew by visiting a curry house ahead of a match against Chelsea.
RICHARDS CLASH (December 2011)
Pictures emerged of a training-ground bust-up with team-mate Micah Richards.
PARKER CLASH (January 2012)
Balotelli was charged and handed a four-match ban after appearing to stamp on the head of Tottenham’s Scott Parker during a Premier League match.
INTER PRESS CONFERENCE (March 2012)
Balotelli gatecrashed the press conference to announce the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni as Inter Milan’s new coach.
CLASH WITH MANCINI (January 2013)
Balotelli clashed with Mancini during training and the pair was pulled apart by coaches.