Mario Balotelli accidentally set his house on fire early on Saturday morning after playing in his bathroom with fireworks. Manchester City’s Italian striker escaped from the house unhurt, but it’s yet another incident in the very surreal life of Mr. Balotelli.
According to The Guardian newspaper, “he has told club officials he and four friends were setting off fireworks through an open window. The bathroom towels set on fire and the blaze quickly spread. Balotelli has claimed that one of his friends had set off the firework. That, however, is unlikely to spare the player a reprimand from Mancini and a reminder that City’s management staff would have expected him to be asleep at that time rather than exposing himself to the possibility of serious injury.”
Whether Balotelli’s behavior will affect his chances of playing in the Manchester derby tomorrow, we’ll find out tomorrow. However this is another in a long string of incidents that Balotelli has been involved in including wearing an AC Milan shirt on TV while he was still an Inter Milan player, throwing a dart at a Manchester City youth player, having his car impounded in England 27 times in one year, and when he was pulled over by police in Manchester, he had £25,000 in cash sitting on his passenger seat. When questioned why, he said “Because I can.”
Balotelli, 21, sounds like a bored young adult with a lot of time on his hands and plenty of money to burn (excuse the pun).
What are your thoughts regarding Balotelli? Should we be concerned that he set his house on fire, or is this just another fascinating development in this character’s real-world life?