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Super Mario Breaks Into Prison!

"What, you can't just walk in?"

Mario Balotelli is no shrinking violet, is he? Not many players gain the reputation he has acquired by the age of 20; even Craig Bellamy had to work at his loathsome prick persona for several years. But I guess when a player costs £24million, with even Jose Mourinho finding his ego too difficult to handle, it’s a special case. Balotelli’s latest caper, then? Breaking into a women’s prison.

Brilliant, innit? Good to know he’s spending his time doing his utmost to overcome an injury that has seen him make just one substitute appearance for City. You might think there’s some Milanese bird he wanted to visit. No … just curiosity, really. The jail officer stated:

“It was four o’clock when we saw a high-powered Mercedes come through the gate. Inside were two boys, after a few minutes we realised one of them was Balotelli. Physically we recognised him, but that is not enough, so we proceeded with official procedure. Balotelli apologised. He spoke in a low voice, he was a little embarrassed. At the end they both appeared a bit frightened. They said they saw the gate opened and never imagined they would need a special permit to visit the prison. The two were particularly intrigued by the fact it was a women’s prison.”

He’s got time to grow up a bit, I guess. But really, that’s pretty stupid. Just wandering into prison grounds? Proper stupid, in fact. I don’t ever recall Paul Scholes doing that at 20. Or maybe he just never got caught…

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