Italian striker Mario Balotelli may have found a new lease of life since he left Manchester City in January but it hasn’t taken him long to find himself in trouble again.
The BBC report that the AC Milan star has been hit with a fine after being caught smoking in the toilet of a train to Florence. Smoking is banned on Italian trains and the 22-year-old was reprimanded by a train guard.
The train guard reportedly told Milan Chief Executive, Adriano Galliani: “You have to twist Balotelli’s ear, he was smoking in the toilets.”
Galliani later told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I want to say that we’re going to fine him.”
Hitting form at AC Milan
After a disappointing first half of the season in a City shirt, Balotelli has scored seven goals in six games since his £19m move to Milan and helped them climb into the Serie A Champions League places.
He has also scored three goals for his country since the move including a fabulous long range effort in a friendly against Brazil.
He seems to finally be fulfilling the potential that City boss Roberto Mancini always knew he had. However, this latest incident will remind Mancini why he eventually decided the time had come to let him leave.
While at City the eccentric Italian had allegedly allowed a friend to set a firework off in his bathroom, thrown a dart at a youth team player, confronted a school bully, crashed a car, explained to a police officer that he was carrying several thousand ponds in cash in his glove box “because I’m rich” and driven around Manchester giving high fives to City fans after their 6-1 victory at Old Trafford.