The former Manchester City and Liverpool star never seems to be far from trouble – and Mario Balotelli’s latest outburst follows a long list of bizarre incidents
Mario Balotelli appeared to punch one of his own team-mates in frustration after being taken off early on Friday night.
Balotelli now plays his football in Turkey with newly-promoted Adana Demirspor after leaving Serie B side Monza in the summer.
Demirspor were drawing 0-0 with Konyaspor when Balotelli was taken off by manager Samet Aybaba in the 56th minute.
However, it didn’t go down well with Balotelli, who was furious with the manager’s decision to bring him off.
The forward took his seat in the dugout before throwing his shin pads down in frustration, while shouting at a team-mate and his coach.
The former Italy international then took his frustration out on one of his team-mates sat next to him – but thankfully the player seemed unfazed by what had just happened.
Demirspor took the lead just a few minutes after the bizarre incident, thanks to a strike from former Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough forward Britt Assambalonga.
However, the game ended honours even thanks to a late equaliser from Konyaspor defender Abdulkerim Bardakci.
The result means Balotelli’s new side are yet to win any of their first three Super Lig games since returning to the top flight.
His outburst was just the latest in a long list of bizarre incidents involving the forward.
Balotelli once accidentally set his bathroom on fire after shooting fireworks from the window with friends when one hit a bath towel and caught fire.
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Firefighters were called in the early hours of the morning, before Balotelli was forced to spend the night in a Manchester hotel ahead of a huge clash against arch rivals Manchester United the next day.
Balotelli went on to front a firework safety campaign in Manchester shortly after the incident.
The 31-year-old has struggled with his disciplinary record throughout his career, receiving countless fines and suspensions as a result.
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Former Man City team-mate Micah Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live in 2019 that Balotelli’s club fines for being late to training once amounted to £150,000.
He said: “Everything else seems to be within sync. Balotelli was always late.
“We used to give all of our money to charities and by Christmas time we’d have £100,000 or £150,000 in there all from Balotelli being late.
“He would be in the building. Say we had a meeting upstairs – he’d be downstairs just relaxing. He’d come to the meeting but he was just a bit dozy.”
Balotelli burst onto the scene at Serie A giants Inter, before moving to City in the summer of 2010 under Roberto Mancini.
However, just three years later and the forward was back in Italy with AC Milan.
Balotelli returned to England a season later when Brendan Rodgers signed the forward for Liverpool.
After a loan spell back at Milan for the 2015-16 season, Balotelli left Merseyside in favour of a move to Nice in 2016.
Balotelli has since played for a whole host of clubs including Marseille, Brescia, Monza and now Demirspor.