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Mario Balotelli's career took another embarrassing turn as he was turned away from Brescia training, just two days after finding out he was being sacked by the club.
The club's owner Massimo Cellino, who controversially owned Leeds United previously, has become annoyed with Balotelli not turning up for training and has decided to terminate the striker's contract, just one year into his three year deal.
Balotelli's termination is yet to go through but he's still been missing training through gastroenteritis. On Tuesday morning he attempted to come back but was turned away at the gates.
According to reports the issue is to do with Balotelli's medical note that was due to keep him out of training until Wednesday until the former Manchester City striker was feeling better.
He contacted the Serie A club via email with a new note to say he was well enough to go back to work but it was after hours so no one in the club office.
That meant there was no one to clear him coming back to training and he might not have been 'covered' if he'd got injured during the session.
Whilst there is a perfectly understandable reason to the situation, the fact it comes just days after Balotelli's sacking was revealed makes his quick retreat back to his car quite embarrassing.
The 29-year-old returned to the city of his birth last summer, signing a three year deal, but things haven't gone well for him.
He has scored five Serie A goals in 19 appearances and the club are currently rock bottom of the league, which means he would have likely been able to leave the club at the end of the season anyway as he has a relegation release clause.
After that incident Cellino made a 'joke' about the striker 'cleaning himself' in the aftermath of the issues around being racially abused.
I'm actually speechless. Brescia president Massimo Cellino asked what's wrong with Mario Balotelli: "What can I tell you? He's black and he is working on clearing himself"pic.twitter.com/Krw7VxxRFr- Andrew Cesare (@AndrewCesare) November 25, 2019
The striker certainly deserves better and will be better off away from a club that has treated him horribly in the past year.
Hopefully he can find himself a new club that treats him better for next season.