Soccer Player Faces $400K Fine for Strip Club Visit

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli pictured outside club
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2012 10:16 AM CST
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England yesterday.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Sure, a visit to a strip club can leave your wallet much lighter. But nearly $400,000? That's how much Manchester City's Mario Balotelli is facing in missed wages, should he be fined for a late-night visit to a Liverpool strip club, reports the Telegraph. He was photographed outside the club in the wee hours of Friday. Balotelli did manage to score a goal in the team's 2-0 win over Bolton 36 hours later, but that's not enough to spare him from being disciplined.

"If he got more sleep, he could have scored three or four goals," says the team's manager, adding that he will fine Balotelli the maximum of two weeks' wages if the story is true. “It’s not correct because a professional player cannot stay out until 2am." (Read more soccer stories.)

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