Mario Balotelli causes a riot as he arrives in Milan - video

Jan 31, 2013

The madcap former Man City striker was mobbed outside a Milan restaurant before things turned nasty

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Mario Balotelli

MARIO BALOTELLI flew out of Manchester yesterday and into the kind of chaos that only he can conjure up, begging the usual question: 'Why always him?'

Hundreds of fans turned out to greet the player as he arrived in Milan, but the celebrations turned ugly after the madcap striker was mobbed outside a city-centre restaurant, where he dined with club officials.

Balotelli, unsurprisingly, played his part as things got out of hand. The 22-year-old, wearing a garish orange baseball cap and AC Milan scarf, danced with the supporters outside the restaurant as they sang songs declaring that anyone who didn't join in was a fan of rival club, Inter.

But later the overexcited fans lit flares and threw bottles and stones at riot police, who responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. "The trouble didn't faze the controversial £19.5m striker, who stayed in the restaurant eating pasta and fried fish," reported The Sun.

Balotelli is expected to be officially unveiled as an AC Milan player today after his move from Manchester City. The Italian forward has already made it clear he is looking forward to playing for the Rossoneri.

"I'd wanted to play for Milan for such a long time," he said, according to the Daily Mirror. "Obviously I played for other teams and couldn't come. But when there was the chance, I ran.

"I didn't have a good start to the season with City and I hope to do well here at Milan."

His new manager will have a tough task keeping his new charge in check, says the paper. "Now it is the turn of AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri to attempt to apply discipline, graft and focus to Balotelli's undeniable talent."

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