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Saturday 24 March 2018

Balotelli adds to his growing rap sheet with £10,000 in parking fines

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has notched up £10,000 in parking fines and has had his luxury car impounded 27 times since moving to England last summer.

In the latest extraordinary episode involving the Italian striker, who earns £100,000 a week and cost the Eastlands club £24m last summer, club officials have had to make numerous trips to the impound to release the former Inter Milan man's Maserati, which he once abandoned when it misfired.

The 20-year-old has scored 10 goals and picked up the same amount of yellow cards in 24 appearances. He has been sent off twice and received plenty of criticism for his lacklustre performances.

Off the pitch, he crashed, and wrote off another car, and was questioned by police about the £25,000 sitting in his glove compartment. He told them he was carrying the amount, "because I can".

"Mario will drive from his luxury apartment to a restaurant a few streets away and leave the car on double yellows," a club source said.

"The other week the Maserati misfired so he just abandoned it. Staff have had to bail it out 27 times. The valet the club uses empties the glovebox of tickets every time he cleans it. Mario doesn't seem to care. It's a drop in the ocean to him."

The news comes just a week after the controversial striker was embroiled in a row with Rio Ferdinand at the end of the recent FA Cup semi-final between City and Manchester United by celebrating in front of the opposition fans.

He has earned £300,000 in club fines this season, having been embroiled in a row with team-mate Jerome Boateng at training, thrown a dart at youth team players at the club's Carrington training ground and infamously he became a Youtube sensation when he struggled to put a training bib on before the Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev.

Last week, he got some good press when he emerged from a casino and handed £1,000 to a homeless man, but any goodwill that generated is likely to be erased by the latest episode from the petulant star.

Irish Independent

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