Just a wee story about Balotelli
- Fri 13 Jan 2012, 8:57AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Here's a silly question. Which City player is most likely to pop into a school and ask to use the loo? If you didn't answer Mario Balotelli, you've not been keeping up.
The Italian striker's unpredictable behaviour has made him a cult figure not just with the Blues faithful but football fans all over the world, Florida included it seems.
Here's the Orlando Sentinel's version, via agency Reuters, of his latest escapade:
"Italy striker Mario Balotelli added to his long list of madcap antics on Thursday when he parked his Bentley outside a Manchester school and wandered in to find a toilet.
"The Manchester City player, famous for a series of stunts including setting off fireworks inside his house (it wasn't him - Ed), arrived at the Xaverian College unannounced with friends and spent 20 minutes on the premises."
They quote student Edward Gasson: "Balotelli parked his Bentley outside then came in and was asking where the toilets were, then he went to the teacher's staff room.
After that he was just walking round campus and everyone was following him around
"It was amazing to see him but it was a bit ridiculous - you would never expect it to happen."
Always expect the unexpected with Mario, as Sherlock might say. The Manchester Evening News, whose Amy Glendinning wrote the original, headlines it "School flushed with pride". Oh yes.
Amy concludes her piece with Mario's most quotable quote: "I'm not mad, not at all - even if sometimes I do things that are a bit strange." Quite.
Over at the Daily Star, columnist Danny Fullbrook is standing shoulder to shoulder with Roberto as he fans the dying embers of the manager's contretemps with Steven Gerrard.
Danny reckons: "As tunnel bust-ups go it was hardly a rip-roarer. But if you are looking at who was right, then you have to go with the City manager. Wrong fight Stevie – Mancini was spot-on."
They report that the midfielder "can understand why City fans were so annoyed at the decision of referee Lee Mason to not even award a free-kick against Johnson, which the FA have since endorsed by not taking any further action themselves".
"Yes, of course," is Gareth's reaction when asked if there was a sense of injustice at recent events. "Once the decision has been made and we know Vinny's going to get four games, our fans are going to want to see action every time there is a similar sort of tackle.
"Against Liverpool there were a couple but nothing was done about it."