By Tom Sanders
Mario Balotelli is never far from controversy- and on Saturday he added to his long list of misdemeanors by furiously smashing a photographer's camera in anger after being subbed off against Genoa.
The incident took place in the second half of Brescia's 3-1 defeat at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris yesterday, when Balotelli was substituted for Alfredo Donnarumma after failing to make an impact on the game.
As he walked off the pitch Balotelli snapped, lashing out at a camera which was placed on a tripod at the side of the pitch.
But photographer Massimo Lovati was having none of the Italian's shenanigans, and took to Instagram to post a furious tirade in which he heavily criticised the controversial striker's behaviour.
Lovati wrote: "When Mr Balotelli was called back to the bench, he used the camera like a football and kicked it against the advertising boards.
"The ballboy who saw it happen immediately called me to explain.
"I found the camera and the booster were visibly damaged (the casing was smashed) and the camera no longer worked.
"Imagine taking your frustrations out on someone's tools of business!
"These are very delicate instruments that should not be kicked.
"It's safe to say I am furious: respect, you need respect for people who are working and their tools of business!!!!"
The photographer also said that he had informed Brescia director Edoardo Piovani about the incident and warned he would be sending a bill for repairs to the club.
To make matters worse, Brescia went on to lose the game 3-1 despite leading the tie with just 24 minutes left to go.
Balotelli is back playing for his hometown club after returning to Serie A on a free in the summer.
However, the eccentric striker is still yet to record a goal for the club.
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