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Balotelli Has Run-In After 'Disabled Parking'
Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been back in Italy for less than a fortnight but already he has landed in hot water with the police.
The 22-year-old returned to his homeland on transfer deadline day with a move from the Premier League to Serie A giants AC Milan - with his two years in Manchester memorable for his runs-ins with traffic wardens and parking tickets.
The Italian international landed in trouble after his Audi RS4 was spotted by traffic wardens in a disabled parking space outside Milan's Linate airport.
The wardens asked him to use an official car park but instead he simply moved it into another no waiting zone.
According to reports, the wardens approached Balotelli again and a row is said to have started which led to two passing police officers also being called in to calm things down - although AC Milan have denied a row took place and say that Balotelli was just "stopped for a routine check".
Some witnesses have told Italian media that Balotelli "wheel spun" away when he was asked to move on initially by the wardens.
They claimed that when the wardens approached him again after he had once more parked illegally they decided to carry out a thorough check of his documents.
It then emerged that he was not displaying a valid insurance certificate, as is compulsory under Italian law, although the wardens were happy with his British licence which he is allowed to use in Europe.
He was given an on-the-spot fine of 24 and 41 euros for not having an insurance certificate and for not having it on show on his windscreen. He was not fined for parking in a disabled space.
While at City, Balotelli is said to have racked up more than £10,000 worth of traffic fines and his car was regularly photographed on streets in the city with tickets on the windscreen. He is also said to have had a vehicle towed away 27 times.
Meanwhile, it has also emerged that Balotelli has "made peace" with Paolo Berlusconi, the younger brother of AC Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi, after he was filmed apparently using a racial insult against him.
Pictures posted on the AC Milan website showed the two shaking hands and smiling at the club's Milanello training ground.