An Italian photographer has taken to social media to vent his frustrations after footballer Mario Balotelli smashed his camera. The sportsman kicked the camera from its tripod at the side of the pitch after being sent back to the bench.
Balotelli was being subbed for Alfredo Donnarumma in Brescia’s game at Genoa earlier this week when the incident occurred. Clearly disgruntled at the situation, he took his anger out on the nearby gear.
Now the owner of the gear, photographer Massimo Lovati, has posted images of the damage with the accompanying details of how it happened. He explained:
When Mr. Balotelli was called back to the bench, he used the camera like a football and kicked it against the advertising boards. The ballboy who saw it happen immediately called me to explain. I found the camera and the booster were visibly damaged (the casing was smashed) and the camera no longer worked. Imagine taking your frustrations out on someone's tools of business! These are very delicate instruments that should not be kicked. It's safe to say I am furious: respect, you need respect for people who are working and their tools of business!
The photographer also revealed in his post on social media that he intends to send Balotelli’s football club Brescia the bill for damages. He also informed director Edoardo Piovani about the striker’s actions.
What’s worse for Balotelli, his team went on to lose 3-1 despite leading when the match was just 24 minutes from completion.