Football: Toilet humour as Mario Balotelli presented with bidet

Nice, France (AFP) - Controversial Italian star Mario Balotelli was presented with an unexpected gift following training with his club Nice on Tuesday.

Presenters from a satirical Italian television show turned up on the Cote d'Azur to offer Balotelli a bidet.

In Italy there is a running joke about French hygiene due to the fact few people own a bidet, while almost every bathroom across the Alps is equipped with one.

Balotelli, whose reputation is anything but squeaky clean, took the joke in his stride, laughing as he accepted the gift before leaving it on the ground.

The "Le iene" (the hyenas) presenters thanked Balotelli before taking the bidet away with them.

Balotelli has had a storming start to life with Nice, scoring a brace in each of his first two league appearances for the Ligue 1 pace-setters following a free transfer from Liverpool.

In the past he has been in trouble for a number of off-field antics, such as throwing darts at junior players at Manchester City, where he also set fire to his bathroom after setting off fireworks from inside his house.