Hoodwearing Balotelli asked to leave shopping mall

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Mario Balotelli's attempts to keep a low profile after his latest off-the-field misdemeanor have been thwarted after the Manchester City striker was asked to leave a shopping center for refusing to pull down the hood of his top.

The controversial Italy international was told by security guards at the Trafford Center in Manchester that he would be ejected if he didn't remove the hood.

Balotelli is reported in the British media to have shaken hands with staff before leaving with a friend.

Monday's incident came days after Balotelli was reportedly fined by City for visiting a strip club in early hours of Friday, in breach of a club curfew.

Balotelli has generated numerous headlines for his off-the-field antics since joining City in 2010.