Mario Balotelli backs fireworks safety campaign

Mario Balotelli
Balotelli with a poster promoting fireworks safety

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is backing a fireworks safety campaign just days after "a friend" set fire to his bathroom by using them indoors.

Balotelli hit the headlines for the right reasons on Sunday with two goals in City's 6-1 win at Manchester United.

But the day before he courted the wrong kind of publicity by having to evacuate his house because of a fire.

The 21-year-old is backing TREACLE, a Manchester campaign promoting the safe use of fireworks.

With Bonfire Night on 5 November, Balotelli was keen to set the record straight about his perceived misdemeanour in the early hours of Saturday.

"The newspapers got the story wrong about me and the fire at my house. I didn't set any fireworks off, it was a friend of mine. I didn't know anything about it until I heard the shouting coming from the bathroom," he told the City club websiteexternal-link.

"Luckily, nobody was injured, and my friend apologised to me for the damage to my house. It was a really stupid thing for him to do, someone could have been really hurt, and I was really, really angry with him about it.

"They can be very dangerous if they are not used in the right way. People should follow the firework code."

More detail on the firework code and of local organised bonfire events is available on www.safe4autumn.comexternal-link.

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