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Friday 15 December 2017

Mario's fingered in prison breach

Mario Balotelli was seen sticking up his middle finger while watching Inter Milan draw 0-0 with Juventus.

The Manchester City striker was back at the San Siro to witness the derby -- just two days after driving into a women's prison in Brescia without proper authorisation.

Reports in the Italian media claim the 20-year-old stuck up his middle finger in response to offensive comments made by Inter fans.

However, other reports put forward a different perspective, suggesting that Balotelli's gesture was directed towards the Juventus fans, whom he has had bad blood with during his time in the Serie A.

Yearning for more controversy, it seems, the Italian striker claimed in an interview with Sky Sports Italia that "the studio reporter doesn't know anything about football".

Balotelli and his younger brother Enock, 17, were questioned for more than half an hour last Friday by police after they drove through the open prison gates to get a closer look at the institution. The agent of the injured striker claims the 20-year-old did nothing wrong by driving through the gates of the prison with his brother, where officers admitted the forward appeared "embarrassed".

The burly Italian, who is recovering from an ankle injury, drove into the grounds of the prison out of sheer intrigue, but got no further than the entrance gate and was questioned by bemused officers for half an hour.

But agent Mino Raiola fumed that no wrongdoing had taken place.

"Mario has done nothing wrong," he said. "Indeed, the officers have praised him for his initiative. Certainly they explained this could have been avoided, but it ended there."

Prison officer Calogero Lo Presti said: "It was 4.0 when we saw a high-powered Mercedes come through the gate. Inside were two boys, after a few minutes we realised one of them was Balotelli. Physically we recognised him, but that is not enough, so we proceeded with official procedure.

"Balotelli apologised. He spoke in a low voice, he was a little embarrassed.

"At the end they both appeared a bit frightened. They said they saw the gate opened and never imagined they would need a special permit to visit the prison. The two were particularly intrigued by the fact it was a women's prison."

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