Balotelli denies mob link
Player's agent categorically dismisses reports in Italian media
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: 05/06/11 4:25pm
Balotelli: Another off-field issue plagues the City striker
Mario Balotelli's agent has been forced to deny the Manchester City striker's reported link to organised crime.
It has been suggested in the Italy international's homeland that the former Inter Milan player took a trip to the Scampia area of Naples, notorious for drug-related crime, last year.
Balotelli is said to have been given a guided tour of the area by local gang members but his agent, Mino Raiola, claims the star is merely a victim of his own curiosity.
"Balotelli has never had any rapport with organised crime," Raiola told football-italia.net. "I will not confirm or deny he made this trip, because I don't know what actually happened.
"If, and I repeat if, Mario went to Scampia then it was because he was curious about these tragically famous areas.
"He certainly did not know that the people accompanying him were tied to the clans.
"There are many people around the world of football and it's impossible to know who everyone you talk to really is."