Balotelli caught smoking in toilet of high-speed train
Published 08/04/2013 | 07:23
Soccer star Mario Balotelli has been fined for smoking in a train toilet.
The 22-year-old Italian was caught smoking by a ticket collector while travelling with his AC Milan teammates on a high speed train to Florence for yesterday's match against Fiorentina.
Coaches have been trying to get Balotelli to quit smoking for years and the practice is banned on Italian trains.
The ticket inspector reported Balotelli to AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani and told him: "You need to pull his ears. He was smoking in the bathroom."
The maverick striker, who has scored seven goals since his January move from Manchester City, also threw a tantrum at the end of the 2-2 draw against Fiorentina after he was involved in an altercation with rival goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. He stormed into the tunnel gesticulating angrily although it was not clear what had upset him.
Balotelli's weekend's misdemeanours paled in comparison to his antics at Manchester City which included rash tackles, arguments with manager Roberto Mancini and a bizarre incident where he set fire to his house after letting off fireworks in his bathroom.
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