Paris - Italy striker Mario Balotelli says he would "kill" someone who throws bananas at him in the street.
Balotelli was quoted as saying in France Football magazine that "if someone throws bananas at me in the street, I'll go to jail because I'll kill him."
The interview in the bi-weekly magazine was published in French.
Balotelli also says he "can't stand racism" and will walk off the field if he hears racist chants in stadiums at next month's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Balotelli won the Italian league three times with Inter Milan before joining Manchester City in 2010. He helped City win the Premier League title this season.
The Italian has also made headlines with his antics off the field.