Balotelli Watch: Week 2

by Tom Stewart

This week started out quietly for Super Mario, as he missed Man City’s 1-0 win over Wigan  on Monday with an ankle injury he aggravated against Liverpool.

However, we all know that he can’t go 7 days without doing something ridiculous, and he didn’t disappoint.

In what was a high paced affair against 3rd place Tottenham, Mario came off the bench with the game evenly poised at 2-2 and quickly became the centre piece of the game.

Not long after coming on he was booked for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but the main talking points were to follow.

After a tussle with Luka Modric and Scott Parker, the Italian striker appeared (when I say appeared, I mean actually did) stamp on Parker’s face- an action that would’ve resulted in a straight red card for Balotelli, had it been seen by referee Howard Webb.

The injustice was made even more apparent when Balotelli won a penalty after being brought down by Ledly King with just seconds remaining in the match. He stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it home with incredible nonchalance.

Harry Redknapp (and many others, this writer not included…Mario should be immune from red cards) has since claimed that Balotelli shouldn’t have been on the pitch at the time of taking the penalty.

Later that night his £120k Bentley was egged by Man United fans, as he parked his car whilst in a restaurant (unfortunately down the road from a well know United pub).

Balotelli now has the highest “goals per minutes played” of any player in the Premier League

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