No, Mario Balotelli Is Still Definitely A Madman

We <3 you, Mario

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In the grand narrative of Mario Balotelli, the untameable enfant terrible of European football, Nice had been the making of him. He'd gone over to the south of France and found peace, consistency and emotional stability. He'd shed the petulant, erratic skin of Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool and, at 27, finally matured. An Italy recall was mooted and plaudits began to quietly raise their voices.

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Except this is Mario Balotelli, the stray firework in the bathroom, the hero and the villain.

Oh Mario, why always you?

The scorer of Nice's only goal in a 1-0 victory over Dijon, Balotelli was as imperious as ever from the penalty spot and as insane as ever under pressure; a moment of madness causing him to scythe down Dijon defender Cedric Yambere in the 89th minute.

Mario... what are you doing?

After the match Nice coach Lucien Favre addressed the Mario issue, saying: "He wanted to win the ball and not hurt anyone."`

"But it is true that a tackle from behind is a straight red. He was annoyed after the match and thought it was too hard on him. But now he's OK."

Come on Mario, stop it. We need to see you at the World Cup.