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

MOST COMMENTED

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
Pellegrini: David Silva Out Three-Four Weeks    
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday confirmed that playmaker David Silva will miss three-to-four weeks ...
Reus Distances Himself from Bayern Ahead of Der Klassiker    
Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus on Thursday issued a statement distancing himself from a ...
Neymar to Play in 2016 Olympics     
Neymar will be joining the Brazil squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, coach ...
Gerrard Hints at Possible Liverpool Exit     
It's almost unthinkable for Liverpool fans: Could Steven Gerrard really leave the only club he has ...
Report: FA Racking Up Social Media Fines    
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand on Wednesday became the latest Premier League player to be ...
Real's Navas Seeks Legal Action for Costa Rican Spying    
The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will take legal action ...
Mandzukic: Guardiola 'Didn't Treat Me with Respect'    
In an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Mario Mandzukic says he is enjoying playing for ...
Roma's Destro to Consider Future     
Mattia Destro on Wednesday cast doubt around his future after scoring the opening goal in AS ...
Allegri: 'Lack of Maturity' Costs Juve     
Despite hitting the woodwork several times and having much the better play throughout, Juventus lost 1-0 ...
Report: Former President Hoeness Warns Bayern     
German daily Bild reports that former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, who is currently in prison ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives