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Footballer in t-shirt outrage

OFFENSIVE: Mario Balotelli on his way to training in the offensive t-shirt

THE HEAD of an anti-knife crime campaign group has criticised footballer Mario Balotelli for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with images of machine guns and knives.

Gary Trowsdale, the managing director of the Damilola Taylor Trust said that the Manchester City striker’s t-shirt, worn to a recent training session, was “reprehensible”

He told The Sun: “Not long ago, we heard about [footballer] Nile Ranger of Newcastle holding a gun for a photo on Facebook. [Mario’s t-shirt] is reprehensible but it doesn’t surprise me.”

Trowsdale, whose organisation was set up in memory of schoolboy Damilola Taylor, a 10 year-old- who was stabbed to death in 2000.

“What I want to know is where does it all end? These young guys are meant to be role models for the kids growing up. These players get paid an awful lot of money, thousands of us pay a lot to go and watch them every week and pay those wages. The least we expect in return is for them to behave like responsible adults.”

However, Patsy Mckie, founder of Manchester-based organisation, Mothers Against Violence, said she would not rush to judgement.

“It could be innocent and unless you speak to him you can’t really know,” said McKie, whose son, Dorrie, was shot dead in 1999. She told the Voice. “Its very difficult to make judgement. You can’t presume.”

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