An Italian policeman is recovering in hospital with head injuries after football fans attacked officers during celebrations of Mario Balotelli’s move from Manchester City to AC Milan.
Supporters clashed with riot police outside a Milan restaurant as they cheered on the 22-year-old for joining his boyhood club – although no official confirmation of the deal has been released yet by either club.
Balotelli was having dinner in the restaurant when violence erupted as fans set off flares and threw bottles and missiles in the street, police used tear gas to control the situation and one officer was taken to hospital.
The Italian striker is on the cusp of securing a £20million transfer to Serie A giants, ending months of speculation about a potential move.
Before joining City, the ex-Inter Milan player was pictured wearing a Milan shirt and has never hid his admiration for the club.
“I’d wanted to play for Milan for such a long time,” he said.
“Obviously I played for other teams and couldn’t come. But when there was the chance, I ran.”
After falling out-of-favour at Inter following Jose Mourinho’s arrival, Balotelli joined his former boss Roberto Mancini at City for £24million in 2010.
He is expected to sign a four-and-a-half year deal to join AC, with just a medical examination and formalities needed to be finalised before putting pen to paper.
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