Register Login Scores

International

Balotelli Dismisses Drug Talk

Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has dismissed any talk of him dealing with drugs after a mafia informant accused the former Manchester City player of being a drug dealer.

Mafia informant Armando De Rosa told judicial investigators that Balotelli dealt illegal substances three years ago in Scampia, a notorious open-air drugs market on the northern edge of Naples, but Balotelli denined any links with drugs.

"In the beginning we joked about it but then I got angry and took it as an insult," he said.

"This is a horrendous story and I ask myself how a person can put people in trouble by telling incredible lies.

"I hate drugs. I went to Scampia with a couple of friends and nothing strange or unusual happened."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and Damiano Tommasi, president of the national footballers' union, also came out in support of the AC Milan striker.

"I don't understand this compulsion to always go after Balotelli," Prandelli told Rai Sport.

"Strangely, every time a national team game approaches there's always some sort of disturbing event."

Tommasi also spoke out in support of the controversial striker who has been involved in a string of on and off the field incidents during his career.

"He can't even have a stroll around town because where he goes makes the news," Tommasi told the ANSA news agency.

"Other than just deny it and carry on with his own business I don't think there's anything else he can do."

Mario Balotelli - The Legend Begins

Milan Reject Balotelli To Chelsea

Balotelli Is Staying Put

Balotelli Could Be Out

13 comments

Top 5

Breaking: Chiefs Suspend Bobby!

82 Aug 04, 2020 04:09 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

24 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

9 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Bobby’s Suspension: ‘This Is A Family Issue’

60 Aug 04, 2020 07:18 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Drogba Causes Stir In Ivory Coast

18 Aug 03, 2020 05:02 PM in International

Report: Juventus Beat Man Utd To EPL Star

5 Aug 02, 2020 11:31 AM in Serie A

Rakhale's Best Looks Alongside His Car Collection

Aug 05, 2020 10:59 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Man Utd Unveil 2020/21 Home Kit

8 Aug 04, 2020 05:21 PM in Manchester United

Solskjaer Confirms High-Profile Man Utd Departure

1 Aug 06, 2020 12:09 AM in Manchester United

Kekana: We Won’t Cope Without The Fans

28 Aug 04, 2020 08:41 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

‘Pirates Played Good Football When He Was Here’

6 Aug 04, 2020 02:10 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch