Balotelli fined for strip club visit

2012-03-08 13:51

Manchester – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has fined Mario Balotelli one week’s wages after the Italian striker was pictured outside a strip club less than two days before a league match.

The 21-year-old accepted the punishment – believed to be about £120 000 (R1.5 million) – after being pictured outside the club in Liverpool in the early hours of Friday, contravening club regulations ahead of Saturday’s match against Bolton Wanderers.

Balotelli went on to play and scored in the English Premier League leaders’ 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium but Mancini expressed his disappointment and pledged to investigate.

Mancini said yesterday: “I spoke with Mario and gave him a fine of one week’s wages for what he did. This is normal because every player should have good behaviour before the game.”

When asked if Balotelli had accepted the fine, Mancini said: “Yes.”

It is the second time Balotelli has broken a curfew this season – among a host of other high-profile misdemeanours – but he admitted in an interview published on Tuesday that he had made a mistake.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.