Mario Balotelli is no stranger to controversy and has been involved in a fresh incident with his manager at Adana Demirspor, Vincenzo Montella.
At the culmination of Adana Demirspor’s 1-0 Turkish Super Lig victory over Umraniye on Saturday, Balotelli provoked a furious reaction from his Italian coach that saw an explosive bust-up between the pair.
The former Manchester City striker appeared to make a comment to Montella that angered the Demirspor manager so much, that he had to restrained by staff and players.
Mario Balotelli makes a comment to his manager Vincezno Montella at the end of the game
Vincenzo Montella takes exception to what Balotelli says and the pair almost comes to blows
Montella has to be restrained by staff during the fracas after Demirspor’s win in the Super Lig
Balotelli is lead away by staff following the row with his coach after the 1-0 win over Umraniye
The argument saw the two almost come to blows as Montella attempted to lunge at 32-year-old Balotelli and were only separated as staff around them intervened and pulled them apart.
Balotelli has been enjoying a renaissance in Turkey following his move to Adana Demirspor from Monza in 2021. The Italian scored 19 goals for the Turkish side last season, his second-highest season return after the 24 scored for Nice in 2017-18.
It’s not the first time Balotelli has been involved with a clash with his manager. Whilst at Manchester City he infamously squared-up to Roberto Mancini during a training session and had to be removed from pitch.
Mario Balotelli netted 19 goals for Adana Demirspor last season following move from Monza
The former Italian international also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons during his spell in Manchester, when he accidentally set fire to his bathroom after letting off fireworks in his house.
He won a Premier League medal at Manchester City, famously assisting Sergio Aguero for City’s famous winning goal against QPR in 2012.
Balotelli would later to go to have stints at AC Milan, Liverpool, Nice, Marseille, Brescia, Monza before his move to Turkey.