The turbulent career of Mario Balotelli is set to take another twist as the Italian police demand he explains his links to the country’s mafia, ESPN report.
The volatile striker has been called as a witness by prosecutors in Naples, regards an anti-Mafia investigation that begins next week.
This comes after Mario Iorio – a catering entrepreneur charged with money laundering as part of an ongoing crime investigation – gave Balotelli a tour of a notorious crime-laden district, however, the striker says there is nothing to worry about.
“I am calm. I had no idea who the people were showing me around Scampia. That day there were loads of people around me. I just wanted to see what the area was like as I had seen it in the film Gomorrah.”
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Mancini: Owen helps FFP.
Manchester City signed Owen Hargreaves because he was a free agent and it helped the club comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, the Telegraph report.
Many corners of the press were linking Roberto Mancini with a move for Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Real Madrid’s Fernando Gago, but ultimately, the new rules meant he could not spend more money.
The Italian explained the capture of the ex-Man Utd midfielder: “We couldn’t spend any more money also for the question of financial fair play.
“So in midfield we signed Hargreaves who was out of contract. After many injuries he has come back. An experienced player like him can give us a big hand.”
Law happy for Manchester.
For the first time since he was a player, Denis Law is witnessing the two Manchester clubs potentially dominate the English game.
In a recent interview with Mirror Football, probably the most famous player to appear for both clubs, says it is great because as it has given the whole city a boost.
“It is great for the city of Manchester that both teams are doing so well, and it brings the glamour again into Manchester,” he added. “All of a sudden, City supporters are feeling good.
“It is starting to feel like it did in the Sixties. You can feel the buzz of it. We played at a fascinating time of cultural change and Bestie was part of it.”