Another day, another ridiculous news story concerning Manchester City's perpetual man-child Mario Balotelli.
Last weekend Balotelli decided that a reasonable way to prepare for City's game against Bolton Wanderers would be to emerge from a strip club at 3am on the morning of the match. Needless to say boss Roberto Mancini wasn't all too impressed with Balotelli's decision to break the clubs strict pre-game curfew rules and has stated that he will impose a considerable fine of £250,000 on the 21-year-old striker.
However, today Balotelli has publically apologised – not to his City boss, but to his model girlfriend Raffaella Fico. Speaking to Gazetta dello Sport he said: "I didn't do anything wrong at the club, but I understand that if she had gone with her friends to a strip club, I would have been very angry.
"If you love a woman, you can avoid causing that pain. That was my first mistake. The second was to go two days before a game."
Then the interview got a bit OK! Magazine, with Balotelli talking about marrying Fico because she "gives him calmness", which I'm assuming is some new sex thing. He also said that he was unaware of the fine for breaking the curfew, saying: "I still don't know. I must talk with Mancini."
He also spoke of his recent exclusion from the Italy national squad following his breaching of manager Cesare Prandelli's code of conduct, due to his four-match ban from City after kicking Tottenham's Scott Parker in late January: "I was hurt. I always say it in the changing room that the most fascinating jersey for me is that of the national team because of what I feel when I represent my country.
"I often think of the European Championships. I am saddened to have missed the friendly in Genoa. There is an ethical code and I accept it, even though I don't think I deserved it."
Balotelli said that him laying the boot into Parker was unintentional, saying: "Perhaps when you slow down the image, it might appear so but I didn't touch him." He also stated that he "didn't do anything wrong" and had sent Prandelli a text following his four-match ban but didn't apologise for the incident, as he had "nothing to apologise for".
Balotelli also insisted that City would take the number one spot in the Premier League ahead of rivals Manchester United, who are two points behind, saying: "United will finish behind us and they are not to be feared".