Man bailed over blackmail claim against Balotelli

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A MAN has been arrested over claims he attempted to blackmail Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. The incident, thought to surround photographs of the Italian forward in a nightclub, was reported to police by his employers

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police in Manchester are currently investigating after an allegation of blackmail was made by a Premiership football club. A man has been arrested and bailed.”

The Mail on Sunday pictures of Balotelli, 21, drinking champagne were believed to have been taken at a nightclub on March 11. Earlier, Manchester City were beaten 1-0 at Swansea City, costing them the top spot in the Premier League.