Monday 23 April 2018

Guy 'honour' for fire-hit Balotelli

Mario Balotelli has been unveiled as the celebrity guy by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent
Mario Balotelli has been unveiled as the celebrity guy by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent
The finishing touches are added to a giant effigy of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

A bonfire society has unveiled its annual celebrity guy as Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in a dig at the player's house recently catching fire after a firework went off in his bathroom.

The 30ft effigy is the second footballer to be chosen by Edenbridge Bonfire Society in as many years, after Wayne Rooney was burned at the stake at last year's event.

Jon Mitchell, a committee member of the Kent-based society, said it had been difficult to come up with someone foolish enough to take the honour of being the guy this year.

He said: "We were getting a bit worried because nobody had done anything silly enough to be our guy. We'd been watching politicians and celebrities but no-one had really done anything really stupid. We chose Balotelli because he made a bit of a fool of himself a few weeks ago by setting his house alight with fireworks.

"He's now capitalising on his little disaster as he's joined the campaign for firework safety so we fully support him on that."

The giant model of Italian Balotelli is dressed in his light blue Manchester City strip and is holding a model of a house in one hand and a giant rocket in the other.

His shirt bears the words "Why always me?" - he recently wore a top with the same words on it in a game against Manchester United.

Mr Mitchell said the plan was for the rocket and house to be set on fire before the rest of the guy goes up in flames on Saturday night.

Around 20,000 people are expected to watch the annual spectacle, which also involves a procession and fireworks display and raises money for local charities.

Other past guys include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.

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