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What Mario Balotelli did that made Rio Ferdinand want to “kill” him

Mario Balotelli and Rio Ferdinand after the FA Cup semi-final in 2011

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Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the incident regarding Mario Balotelli following the FA cup semi-final in 2011.

Speaking about the controversial Italy striker on his FIVE YouTube channel with City legend Vincent Kompany, Ferdinand has revealed that after the match Balotelli appeared to gesture towards Manchester United fans which made him angry.

“That semi-final, that was the moment when I thought ‘OK they (City) are here to stay’,” he said.

“That was when Balotelli, remember what happened after the game? I wanted to kill him that day.

“I get on with him but at that moment in time…he was celebrating and giving gestures to our fans. 

“And I was like that is disrespectful and I was going nuts.

“He was a mad talent, what happened with his career?”

Then Kompany tried to explain why it didn’t work out at City for Balotelli as he left Etihad to return to Milan in 2013.

“He was a great person, but Mario is Mario,” Kompany said.

“With that you see everything he has, he had crazy talent but eventually players came through with talent, desire and work rate.

“Years take a toll on you, there are only so many years you can stand still.”


Source: MEN 

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