Prolific AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, who has returned an astonishing 17 goals in 21 games in all competitions since transferring from Manchester City, is seen to have pushed a cameraman during a particularly congested moment of mass media in Naples, recently.
In the embedded video below, the 23-year-old alights from a train, walks calmly to his destination with the aid of a number of security and guides, but is distressed when a member of the press lays a hand on him.
It has received a mixed reaction, with some reports claiming the player has become embroiled in another controversy while others imply that is a hyperbole. A member of the Italian FA, Giancarlo Abete, has even spoken out over the incident, leaping to the defence of Balotelli.
'It's a demanding period for Mario and we have to understand the media pressure on him is excessive,' Abete informed RAI radio. 'He can't take one step, or write one word, without it being interpreted in any number of different ways. He's a bit tired of always being in the eye of the cyclone. He's a 23-year-old lad who needs to grow and improve but the pressure on him is too great.'
The incident took place on Sunday evening, two days on from Italy's 2-2 tie with Denmark and ahead of the Azzuri's encounter with Armenia; both matches a part of the European sections of World Cup qualifiers.
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