Footballer Balotelli racks up £10,000 in parking fines
Controversial footballer Mario Balotelli has managed to rack up a staggering £10,000 in parking fines since he moved to Manchester City in August 2010.
The 20-year old footballer has also had his Maserati Gran Turismo impounded a shocking 27 times in the eight months he has been based in Manchester according to The Sun – a rate of more than twice every three weeks. He has also racked up an average of three parking tickets a day in the same time.
A source at Man City told The Sun: "Mario will drive from his luxury apartment to a restaurant a few streets away and leave the car on double yellows.
"The other week the Maserati misfired so he just abandoned it. Staff have had to bail it out 27 times.
"The valet the club uses empties the glovebox of tickets every time he cleans it. Mario doesn't seem to care. It's a drop in the ocean to him."
The source added: "Mario was pulled over by the police and he had £25,000 cash on the passenger seat. They asked him why and he said, 'Because I can'. He doesn't care much for authority."
The rebellious footballer has also courted controversy on the pitch, most recently as he was caught up in a clash with opposition players at the end of his team's derby victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final on 16 April.
He avoided action from the FA on that occasion, but has been in plenty of hot water with his club at various points over his short career – he has reportedly been fined as much as £300,000 by his club so far.