Balotelli’s ‘strip’ club adventures infuriate Mancini

Updated: Mar 03, 2012, 13:10 PM IST

London: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has once again got the hackles of his manager Roberto Mancini up after he was clicked coming out of a strip club at 2.45 a.m. last night.

Mancini was planning to start him in City’s next home game against relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers, but the controversial Italian’s latest misdemeanor could see him axed from the squad, as he expects his players to be at home and in bed when a first-team game is less than 48 hours away Balotelli was snapped leaving the ‘X In The City’ strip club in Liverpool at 2.45 a.m yesterday morning, although he wasn’t expected to be drunk since he is a teetotaller, The Sun reports.

Mancini was relying heavily on Balotelli, who recently returned from a four-match ban for stamping Tottenham Hotspurs’ midfielder Scott Parker. Mancini had recently defended Balotelli, claiming he was still the best striker in Italy, but that was before he learnt about Balotelli’s latest gaffe.

“Mario is the best Italian striker, 100 per cent. I hope after this week, with him not playing for Italy, it will help him in for the rest of this season. We know Mario is a top player but he should improve his behavior,” he said.