Tradition is a word that holds special meaning in the minds of football fans up and down the land. As the sport inches further and further from the genesis of the rail roads and ship yards of yesteryear supporters are desperate to hold on to the conventions they once took for granted. This is why so many of them will carry a heavy heart when they learn Mario Balotelli stayed in on a Saturday night.
‘Saturday nights in Manchester used to be sacred,’ said one Manchester City supporter. ‘You’d go to the local club and just be amazed by the show he’d put on. I used to take my kid with me, when it was still affordable. I used to tell him “That could be you one day son, if you train hard enough, if you want it hard enough, that could be you fingering girls in a pub doorway.” What do I say to him now?’
It is thought that Balotelli caught up on the latest season of Breaking Bad, ‘What’s he doing watching Breaking Bad? He shouldn’t need to watch it, that should be his life,’ argued another fan. ‘He should declare himself drug kingpin of Manchester. It’d be a laugh.’
Television pundit Gary Neville defended the Italians performance, ‘I see a lot of people criticising Balotelli for his behaviour but they forget he is still a young player and needs time to learn. I’d be asking where the senior pros were. Would a player be acting like a decent human being at Chelsea? No John Terry would be a leader, same as Rooney and Giggs at United and Gerrard at Liverpool. They are players that have been there and done her.’