Micah Richards has recalled the time that Mario Balotelli chasing him around his own house with lit fireworks, after the Italian had burnt his own house down.
Richards spent three years playing alongside Balotelli at Manchester City, helping the club to win their first Premier League title and the FA Cup.
But during that title-winning season, a remarkable incident occurred at the house that Balotelli was renting in the Cheshire area.
Just 48 hours before they travelled to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby, a firework was launched inside Balotelli’s house, with his bathroom setting alight.
Firefighters attended the incident, with four of them using breathing apparatus and two hose reel water jets to put the fire out.
Balotelli was believed to be inside the house when the firework was set off, though was not thought to have lit it himself.
As a result, the police announced that they would not be taking any further action, with the incident deemed to be an accident.
The Italian maverick subsequently backed a Manchester fireworks safety campaign that promoted the safe use of the explosives.
But now Richards has revealed that Balotelli was involved in a separate incident with fireworks, which involved the defender left fleeing.
The Englishman claims that around the time of the incident which saw Balotelli’s house burn down, the striker chased him with lit fireworks.
“It wasn’t the first time. So, all what he’s done at his house, he comes to do at my house and chases me round my house with fireworks,” he told the BBC Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.
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“I couldn’t believe it. With the fireworks lit. It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. After he’s just burnt down his own house.
“The repairs for the house, because he was renting the place, I think it was about 30 or 40 grand’s worth of damage. People think that’s a myth, but it’s a real story.”
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