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Balotelli hits out at cameraman

ESPN staff
October 14, 2013
Mario Balotelli is never far from the headlines © PA Photos

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli exceeded boiling point once again on Sunday night by breaking a cameraman's microphone upon arriving in Naples.

Surrounded by hordes of journalists and enthusiastic fans after arriving at Naples central station with the Italy squad, Balotelli, 23, felt one particular video reporter was getting a little too close to him.

After first shoving the camera out of the way, he then snapped off the microphone in a second attack before proceeding to board the bus waiting to take the Azzurri to their hotel in preparation for Tuesday night's final World Cup qualifier against Armenia.

The latest incident follows on from an article in Gazzetta dello Sport branding Balotelli as a symbol in the fight against the Mafia - a claim that left the former Manchester City player feeling frustrated.

"I'm here because football is beautiful and everybody should play it where they want to, and then the game's being played here," he posted on Twitter in response on Sunday.

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