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Balotelli angry with media over 'drug-dealing stunt' report

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(updates previous).
Naples, May 30 - An angry Mario Balotelli lashed
out Thursday at the media for giving credence to a former mafia
figure's claims the Italian soccer player jokingly dealt drugs.
"AHAHAHAHA, they said I used prostitutes, next time maybe
they'll say I take it up the...," the Italy and AC Milan star
tweeted.
"Don't use me to boost your audience (figures)", said the
former Inter Milan and Manchester City star, whose temperamental
behaviour, anger at racism and wacky off-field antics have
gained headlines worldwide.
"Shame on you," Balotelli added.
His coach was quick to spring to Balotelli's defence,
saying the topic was sensitive but that he believed in the
striker.
"It seems to me that Mario has answered and there is no
comment," further to add, said Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.
Earlier, under questioning from prosecutors, Armando De
Rosa said he was with Balotelli in September 2010 in the
troubled Scampia neighbourhood of Naples when he said the
striker joked about dealing drugs in the neighbourhood.
De Rosa told prosecutors Balotelli asked his alleged
Camorra hosts if he could hand out the next sale, and they let
him.
De Rosa, who claims he has quit the Camorra mafia, was
being questioned in connection with a money-laundering ring.
In September 2011, Balotelli had also been called in for
questioning after the visit he made in 2010 to the Naples
neighbourhood that is notorious for drug trafficking and the
activity of the local Camorra mafia.
According to prosecutors, the striker had been accompanied
by two "senior Camorra figures".
Balotelli has always insisted he didn't know who the men
were when they took him around Scampia, an area he was
interested in because of its resemblance to the poor Palermo
quarter where he grew up.
Balotelli has drawn significant media attention at times
for his off-field antics.
In late 2011, he hit headlines with the British media
reporting he had his new Maserati temporarily confiscated by
police.
That same season he had to spend a night in a hotel because
friends started a blaze with fireworks at his home.

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