Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/7/13
Mario Balotelli just couldn’t leave his butt outside. Before Sunday’s game between AC Milan and Fiorentina, Balotelli snuck into the bathroom of the train car transporting his team from Milan to Florence and lit up a cigarette, according to the Guardian. Not only did the act set a bad example for health-conscious athletes everywhere, but it is also completely illegal. Like in most countries, smoking on public transportation is prohibited in Italy. A train guard reportedly caught and chewed out Balotelli for the foolish move. He told AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, “You need to pull his ears. He was smoking in the bathroom.” Galliani said the club will fine Balotelli, but he did not disclose how much the star striker would have to pay. Although “Super Mario” has been nothing short of an exemplary player since his transfer to Milan, questions over his character and maturity will inevitably spring up after this latest incident. Put it out before it puts you out, Mario. Have a soccer question? Send it to us via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. Photo via Twitter/@acmilan

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