AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has spoken of his alleged daughter Pia. On Thursday a court case opened in Brescia, as model and ex-Big Brother contestant Raffaella Fico claims her former boyfriend Balotelli is the father of her child, Pia.
"For a whole year I have tried to reach an agreement with Fico over where, and how, to do this DNA test," Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I cannot turn up if I am not certain of being her father, because children mustn't be disappointed by adults who then disappear. I know something about that."
He continued: "Fico refused to even agree on how to perform the DNA test, then in April the legal action started and it all ground to a halt. I always said that once it is proved the girl is my daughter, then I will do my full duty towards her.
"Replying in public to Fico's accusations would do me no good and above all be damaging to the baby.
"Would I be worried if Pia were my daughter? No, I am only worried if a child ends up in the papers and magazines because I know how difficult it is to live under the spotlight.
"I intend to do whatever the tribunal in Brescia decides is right, but I hope they won't just ask me to pay Fico, because I'd like to also be a father and be sure nobody damages the baby with their desire for notoriety.
"I know that I am privileged and anyone who thinks I am big-headed doesn't know me very well. I just ask for some time to sort things out for myself. Clarity on Pia would also help me in that way."
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