Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Balotelli outburst remains mystery
AFP, June 19th, 2012 4:42PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  european championship, italy


Mario Balotelli lived up to his reputation for being unpredictable as he came off the bench to score a sensational second goal in Italy's 2-0 win over Ireland -- then instead of celebrating, seemed angry and started to shout something in the general direction of his own bench.

He was stopped from continuing his rant by teammate Leonardo Bonucci, who immediately came over, grabbed Balotelli in a celebratory hug and put his hand over Balotelli's mouth to shut him up.

What was Balotelli shouting? Bonucci sidestepped the question. "What he said he said in English and I didn't understand it," said Juventus defender. "I put my hand in front because Mario is instinctive and that's also his strength. We'd spoken with him before the game and he knew how he should behave."

Balotelli was benched after starting but playing poorly in Italy's first two group matches. Italy coach Claudio Prandelli criticized him for failing to follow his instructions.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Reports: Messi Close to Barca Pay Raise    
According to reports in Spain, Lionel Messi is close to agreeing a contract extension with Barcelona ...
Scholes Named Man United Assistant Coach     
Paul Scholes on Wednesday was named as an assistant coach to interim Manchester United coach Ryan ...
FIFA Suspends Barca Transfer Sentence    
FIFA on Wednesday temporarily suspended the transfer ban handed to Barcelona for violating its rules regarding ...
Donovan on Moyes     
Landon Donovan on Wednesday sounded off on the news that Manchester United had fired head coach ...
Moyes Speaks Out About United Dismissal     
David Moyes on Wednesday broke his silence after being fired as head coach of Manchester United ...
Simeone: Atleti Tried to Score vs. Chelsea    
Diego Simeone said that in contrast to Chelsea, Atletico Madrid tried to score during the first ...
Mourinho Would Field Weakened Team at Anfield     
Jose Mourinho suggested that Chelsea might have given up on the Premier League title after the ...
Scolari turns criticism back onto the critics    
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is shrugging off criticism of several players as tension and excitement ...
Qatar begins down-sizing World Cup plans    
Qatar plans to scale back plans for the World Cup it is scheduled to host in ...
German unions request leniency for late arrival during World Cup    
German union leaders want employers to show leniency towards their soccer-supporting workers by allowing them to ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives