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Cruyff: Balotelli behaviour is down to 'bad education'

Balotelli's education is to blame, says Cruyff. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli's disruptive behaviour is down to the way he was educated, claims Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff.

The Liverpool striker has come under criticism for his antics on and off the field during his spells with Inter and AC Milan, Manchester City and now at Anfield.

"What I think about Balotelli as a player and as a man? We always talk about the person, I prefer to talk about education of the person,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Balotelli doesn't behave well and we have to ask why. To me, if someone is not educated, he doesn't play. To me, it is not fault of the player, but of the team that makes him play. The problem is not Mario, but the education that was given to him." “If he had been educated in a certain way, he wouldn't behave this way."


Balotelli will face no charges over threatening behaviour

Balotelli has one less thing to worry about. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will face no further action from police after being accused of threatening behaviour towards a woman.

A Greater Manchester police investigation was opened on Thursday last week when the woman complained that Balotelli had confronted her for taking photos of his red Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

The woman, who came across the 24 year-old's parked car on a Wythenshawe housing estate, has now dropped her complaint against the 24 year-old and decided against pressing charges.


Berlusconi pleased to offload 'rotten apple' Balotelli

Berlusconi claims he never wanted to sign Balotelli. Credit: PA

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has described Mario Balotelli as a "rotten apple" during his time at the club, and claims he never wanted to sign the Liverpool striker.

"I remember he was bought against my advice," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have many champions: Menez, Honda, El Shaarawy, Torres, De Jong.

"The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room."

Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan for £16m in August, but he's failed to live up to manager Brendan Rodgers' expectations so far, scoring just once in eight appearances.

Mario Balotelli pining for his pet pig Super

Perhaps the missing pig is behind Balotelli's indifferent form this season. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

As if a goal drought at his club was not enough of a problem, Mario Balotelli is also dealing with getting his prized pet pig into the UK.

The Sun (£) reports that red tape means the Italian cannot yet bring the pig, named Super, into the country.

The Liverpool striker was clearly excited when he first got hold of Super, tweeting this picture of her as a baby.

But apparently he will have to register as a pig breeder and have the animal's health tested before the pair can be reunited.

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