Manchester City’s bad boy Mario Balotelli apologizes for his conduct
By the looks of it, Mario Balotelli is finally realizing what repentance and humility are. The volatile striker from Eastlands has apologized for being sent off in Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
The Italian forward has become the centre of controversy at his club for juvenile and imprudent attitude. This is not the first time Balotelli has been caught by the spotlight because of his reckless antics.
Ever since Balotelli was signed in from Inter Milan in 2010, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been unable to tame his wild child. Mancini knows Balotelli since he was a 17-year-old.
Balotelli often regards Mancini as a father figure and Mancini frequently expressed his love and affection for the prodigal Italian footballer. The 21-year-old has already scored 27 goals in 59 appearances for the English outfit to establish himself as a prominent player in the world.
Mancini regularly heaps praise on Balotelli because of his phenomenal skills but the Italian also reckons that Balotelli could become his own doom if he doesn’t change his ways.
Meanwhile, Balotelli is set out to do it all in England. Balotelli’s antics include blowing up his house with fireworks, crashing expensive cars, getting locked up after visit to a women prison, crashing press conference of his former club; just to name a few.
Balotell’s attitude problem and anger management issues have become more of a problem for Mancini as of late. His locker room bust ups are becoming more regular and his erratic on field behavior has also become a matter of concern.
Nonetheless, Balotelli is on the path to amend his ways. Well, at least that’s what his agent says. In an interview to ANSA news agency on Monday, Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola was found quoting apologies on Balotelli’s behalf.
“I'm very sorry for what happened because of the disappointment it caused Manchester City and especially (manager) Roberto Mancini for whom I want the best and who I admire,” Balotelli said through Raiola.
Balotelli believes his latest misdemeanor will not cause him a spot on Italy’s squad for Euro 2012. Balotelli said that he was apologetic for his behavior and hoped coach Cesare Prandelli would understand and accept his apology.
“I haven't broken the ethics code,” said Balotelli. “I've already missed the national team once because of an act of stupidity, I won't do it a second time.”