Liverpool fans today showed exactly what they think of Mario Balotelli’s shirt swapping antics, by swapping their own shirts emblazoned with the moody striker’s name and replacing them with a new Liverpool shirt – featuring a proper Liverpool striker.
Expectant Liverpool fans bought £50,000 worth of ‘Mario Balotelli’ Liverpool shirts on the first day the striker signed in the summer transfer window. However, his on pitch antics during Wednesday’s match against Real Madrid when he unbelievably exchanged shirts with Portuguese Defender Pepe at half-time, have ensured he’s lost the support of The Kop and Paddy Power have responded with the opening of the ‘Mario Swap Shop’ at Anfield this morning.
Fans queued around the terraced houses to swap ‘Balotelli’ shirts with shirts displaying the names of legends like ‘Rush’, ‘Fowler’ and ‘Owen’ – provided for free by Paddy Power.
Paddy Power said;
“You can understand why the Liverpool fans are getting shirty. The performances have been less Super Mario and more Luigi. The lack of goals wouldn’t be quite as frustrating if he made more of an effort. We stepped in as it seems only fair that if Balotelli doesn’t want his shirt, fans shouldn’t have to keep on going round with his name on their backs.”
Oh and we also did this…
We didn’t stop with swapping Balotelli shirts outside of Anfield. In our never ending quest to ruffle feathers in a transparent effort to get some publicity, we also put this billboard up outside Lime Street train station in central Liverpool.
Mario Madness Specials:
To be charged with an offence in 2015 – 8/1
Brendan Rodgers to call him a clown – 25/1
To retire from football to become a manual labourer – 250/1