Liverpool's Balotelli ordered to pay 18 speeding fines in Italy

Mario Balotelli faces a bill of around £8,000 for unpaid speeding fines in the north of Italy.

Liverpool marksman Mario Balotelli is attracting interest in Italy, but it's not the kind of interest he would have wanted.

The struggling striker has failed to impress since his £16 million switch to Liverpool from AC Milan and it has been suggested that he could leave in January.

There have been links with Greek side Olympiacos and Italian clubs Sampdoria and Napoli, but as yet nothing concrete has emerged.

But Balotelli certainly hasn't been forgotten by Equitalia, the company who administer the motorways in Italy.

Known for his penchant for fast cars, Balotelli has 18 outstanding speeding fines from between 2012 and 2013 and was reportedly clocked driving his Ferrari at 124 mph in the north of Italy.

Balotelli has appealed against the fines, claiming that he didn't receive notice of them because he had moved to Manchester during that period.

It is yet another controversial off-the-field episode for Balotelli, who is in danger of becoming a side-show rather than a world-class player.

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