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This heart-warming Balotelli tale starts with a boy playing truant from school, and going to Manchester City’s training ground to try and get an autograph from Balotelli.
Instead of just nonchalantly signing the paper thrust in his face as many modern footballers do, Balotelli didn’t follow this typical line (when does he ever?).
After asking the boy why he was not at school, Balotelli was told that the boy was being bullied. Mario took the child and his mother back to this boy’s school, where he confronted the bully and took the two to the school’s headmaster, where he proceeded to act as a mediator for the two.
A City source said, “Mario feels strongly about bullying and thinks it's out of order. He had no qualms about sorting the mess out as he felt the lad should not be missing out on school.”
The Mad Maverick seems to have something of a moral code, at least when it comes to bullying.