10 Insanely Weird Football Contract Clauses

10. The Good Conduct Clause

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Mario Balotelli has a reputation for being one of the bad boys of the modern game. Where Balotelli goes, trouble surely follows in his slipstream. Few clubs are prepared to take a risk on the Italian international, as was the case when AC Milan off-loaded him in 2014.

Liverpool, who were about to lose the services of Luis Suarez as he headed for Catalan giants Barcelona, decided to take a gamble on the Palermo born Balotelli. The Reds moved quickly to ensure he would be on his best behaviour for the duration of his spell at Anfield.

This included a waiver in his contract stating if 'Super Mario' stepped out of line, he would be heading for the Anfield exit door. Balotelli duly hit the ejector button with a number of indiscretions, including rather bizarrely swapping shirts with an opponent (Pepe of Real Madrid), at half-time in a Champions League tie. He incurred the censure of his manager Brendan Rodgers for the seemingly trivial gesture.


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