Prior to Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Hull City on Saturday, Irish betting firm Paddypower offered fans the chance to trade in their Balotelli football shirts.
The Italian has frustrated the Liverpool fans since his arrival at Anfield scoring just one goal and swapping shirts with Real Madrid’s Pepe at half time with the team 0-3 down in the Champions League tie.
Over £50,000 was spent on Balotelli Liverpool shirts on the first day of him signing during the Summer Transfer window so Paddypower set up the ‘Mario Swap Shop’, outside Anfield where supporters could trade their Balotelli shirts in for new jerseys that had the names of ex Liverpool Legends Ian Rush, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler on the back.
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.”