Balotelli fined for smoking in toilet on train

MILAN Sun Apr 7, 2013 1:05pm BST

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli celebrates a goal scored by teammate Riccardo Montolivo during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Chievo Verona at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona March 30, 2013. REUTERS/Giorgio Benvenuti

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli celebrates a goal scored by teammate Riccardo Montolivo during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Chievo Verona at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona March 30, 2013.

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MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan's maverick forward Mario Balotelli was caught smoking in the toilet on the train during the team's journey to Florence and will be fined, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Sunday.

Balotelli was ticked off by the train guard who told Galliani: "You need to pull his ears. He was smoking in the bathroom," Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Smoking is banned on Italian trains. "I want to say that we're going to fine him," Galliani told the newspaper.

Balotelli has scored seven goals in eight appearances and has managed to stay out of trouble since joining the club in January from Manchester City, where he was involved in a series of rows with manager Roberto Mancini.

Milan, third in Serie A, were away to Fiorentina on Sunday.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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