Premier League - Balotelli and Terry in charitable acts

Wed, 20 Apr 12:09:00 2011

If you were to make a list of the Premier League players who get the worst PR, then Manchester City's Mario Balotelli and Chelsea's John Terry would be pretty high on the list.

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Both men have had plenty of negative column inches in the not so distant past, but they both make it into today's papers for more positive reasons.

First to City bad boy Balotelli, who celebrated a £25,000 win at 235 Casino in Manchester by giving £1,000 to a tramp he bumped into outside, according to The Sun.

It is not believed to be an isolated act of kindness from the 20-year-old Italian either, with a source telling the paper that: "Mario is really generous. He always hands £20 notes to the Big Issue boys without even taking the magazine.

"There's a guy he always sees around town with ginger dreadlocks and a beard. He carries his possessions in two carrier bags.

"He was outside the club in the early hours so Mario handed him a wad of notes after his big win. The tramp couldn't believe his luck. It was enough to keep him going for months."

Balotelli joined City from Internazionale last summer for £24 million and is believed to be on £100,000 a week.

Terry meanwhile, has stepped in to help save Senrab, the boys football club where he began his playing career and which has run into financial difficulties, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper said that Terry has "donated a significant - but undisclosed - amount of money to keep it going for the foreseeable future".

Terry told the paper: "Having made contact with Tony Carroll (Senrab club secretary) I've made a donation that I've been told should keep the club in a healthy position for the next few years.

"If some of the ex-players could also follow suit I'm sure this would help secure the long-term future of the club."

Tottenham's Ledley King and Fulham's Bobby Zamora also began their careers at the East London club.

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