Balotelli is a class act! Mad-cap Mario stuns Manchester college with surprise visit
Mad-cap Mario Balotelli caused mayhem at a Manchester college when he made a surprise visit on Thursday.
Students and teachers were stunned when the Manchester City striker jumped out of his white Bentley in the car park.
Walkabout: Balotelli and college pals
The Italian then strolled into the canteen and asked pupils if he could use the toilet at around 1.30pm.
After spending a penny, Balotelli then wandered into the staff room at the 1,800-pupil Xaverian College to chat with teachers.
Accompanied by three friends Balotelli then walked around the campus of the
sixth form college for 20 minutes followed by cheering City supporting students before heading off in his Bentley.
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Student Edward Gasson, aged 18, was sitting in the canteen with friends when Balotelli walked in.
'Balotelli parked his Bentley outside then came in and was asking where the toilets were, then he went to the teacher’s staff room,' he told the Manchester Evening News.
'After that he was just walking round campus like he owned the place and everyone was following him around.
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'I’m a City fan so it was amazing to see him but it was a bit ridiculous for him to come here – you would never expect it to happen.'
Fellow student Josh Keogh, also 18, said: 'When he was walking around all the City fans were cheering him.
'He just seemed proper chilled. It was really weird to see him at our college but pretty amazing.'
A spokesperson for Catholic Xaverian College on Lower Park Road – located just a mile from City’s former Maine Road ground – confirmed the star had visited the college.
'Xaverian was delighted to receive a surprise visit from Mario, who chatted to some of the students at one of Manchester’s most successful colleges.
'We weren’t able to enrol him on any courses, but he is welcome back anytime.'
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Balotelli played for City in Wednesday night’s Carling Cup semi final at the Etihad Stadium against Liverpool but was substituted shortly before half time after suffering an injury.
Balotelli has been at the centre of numerous
controversies since arriving in England, prompting him to once unveil a T-shirt at the end of a game that read ‘Why Always Me
was disciplined by the club for throwing darts at a youth team player
last season, while he was also pictured trading punches on the training
ground with former team-mate Jerome Boateng. He has paid a total of
300,000 in club fines.
In October 2010 he drove his Mercedes through an open security gate at a women’s prison in Italy after deciding he would take a look around. He was questioned by prison officials for half an hour before he was allowed to leave.
In April, it was reported Balotelli had spent 10,000 in parking fines and had his sports car impounded 27 times
Last October his Cheshire home was set on fire when a firework went off in the bathroom and at Christmas he walked into St John’s Church, Chorlton, for midnight mass and put 200 into the collection tin.
In an interview with an Italian newspaper earlier this week he said: 'I’m not mad, not at all – even if sometimes I do things that are a bit strange.'