Tue Mar 23 12:37am EDT
As if Inter Milan teenage striker Mario Balotelli didn't have enough problems as it is, what with all of Italy hating him and his constant spats with Jose Mourinho, wearing the shirt of his club's most hated rival probably wasn't the best way to solve his problems. But that's exactly what he did on Italian comedy show Striscia la noticia after they presented him with their jokey Tapiro d'Oro award for not playing in Inter's Champions League win over Chelsea or last weekend's draw against Palermo.
After giving him the fake golden statue, they then gave Balotelli an AC Milan shirt featuring his name and number, much to the delight of the self-proclaimed Milanista. The Striscia cameras later caught Mario wearing the shirt, causing his agent to get defensive, saying he is a "boy of 19 who may not understand the consequences of what he does" and "I hope the fans understand that you cannot take a program like Striscia seriously." Somehow I don't think rational excuses like those are suddenly going to start working for young Mario.
Video of Mario's appearance on Striscia right this way...