Anorak News | Mario Balotelli goes mad in Manchester

Mario Balotelli goes mad in Manchester

by | 7th, March 2012

MANCHESTER City’s Mario Balotelli was asked to remove his hood when on a trip to Manchester’s Trafford Centre. It takes a brave shopkeeper to tell big-spending Mario to comply or else. But Balotelli took it in good spirit. He said he’d rather leave than remove his hood and be recognised.

A Trafford Centre spokesperson said:

“At 21:02 GMT a customer was approached by security staff and advised that wearing a hooded top covering the head is against centre policy. The customer was Italian and native Italian-speaking staff were dispatched to converse with the customer.”

The Daily Mail:

Red card for Balotelli! Striker given his marching orders for wearing a ‘gangsta’ style hoodie in shopping centre where they’re banned

‘The controversial Manchester City striker chose to leave the Trafford Centre rather than take off his hood and risk being recognised after he was told he was breaking the rules by hiding his face from the CCTV cameras…”

No. He was hiding his face from the fans. The CCTV cameras became redundant when staff spoke to him and recognised his face.

Loughborough Echo: “Balotelli thrown out of shopping centre”

Mancunian Matters:

Staff claimed the Manchester City striker was polite and courteous throughout the encounter which saw an Italian-speaking staff member help to bridge the language barrier.

Messenger Newspaper:

The customer, who is believed to be a regular visitor to the Trafford Centre, then shook hands with our security staff and departed for his car.

Fox News:

Manchester City badboy Mario Balotelli has had another negative brush with authorities, thrown out of a local shopping centre for wearing a hoodie.

The Sun:

The madcap Italian striker, 21, was browsing the shops at Manchester’s Trafford Centre with pals when he was approached by a security guard.

Daily Mirror:

Balotelli’s is as well known for his outrageous antics off the pitch as his talents on it.

The Mirror then gets into street language:

Boy in da hood: Mario gets asked to leave Trafford Centre

So. Polite and decent Martio Balotelli is madcap, outrageous, a gangsta and  badboy for not wanting to cause a scene in a shopping mall? It’s almost as if the tabloids want him to behave a certain way to fit a pre-ordained narrative…


Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Sports Comment | TrackBack | Permalink