Thursday 22 February 2018

James Lawton: Mario Balotelli needs a guardian angel at his side, but agent Mino is just winging it

EVEN though hardly a day passes now without the phrase "mad as a box of Balotellis" burrowing a little deeper into common usage, the first full public statement by his agent was still a little startling.

If at times Mario seems to spend much of his time in his own private universe, his closest professional adviser does not appear the ideal candidate to organise periodic returns to Planet Earth.

His declaration, "The FA must defend Mario, otherwise he may think of leaving England," may be risible but it should also be alarming.

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