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AC Milan to fine Mario Balotelli for smoking

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11:06 AM ET 04.07 | AC Milan is set to fine Mario Balotelli after the striker was caught smoking in a train toilet on Saturday en route to Florence for the club's clash with Fiorentina on Sunday morning. The striker has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons since moving from Manchester City at the end of January and has scored seven goals in as many Serie A games; however, several reports in Italy said the club was ready to crack down on the 22-year-old after a conductor caught him red-handed smoking on the train this weekend, which is prohibited by Italian law. Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was also on the train and had initially been having fun during the journey, trying on a hat belonging to one of the guards and joking with members of the squad. That was until he was told of Balotelli's indiscretion by the train's most senior guard, who, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, said, "Maybe you have to pull Balotelli's ears, because he was smoking in the toilet."

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April 8, 2013  07:25 AM ET

The club fine was not for the smoking but rather because Adriano Galliani mistook Balotelli's ears for his fingers.

 
April 8, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Public flogging perhaps. 100 lashes with a wet noodle for smoking!!!!

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