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Agent of Man City's Balotelli plays down organized crime link

The agent of Manchester City firebrand Mario Balotelli has denied that his client is involved in organized crime at any level.

Rumours suggest that the young Italian spent time in the drug and crime-related area of Scampia in Naples, which instantly suggests there is some wrongdoing, but his agent Mino Raiola says there is nothing to worry about.

"Balotelli has never had any rapport with organised crime," Raiola told football-italia.net. "I will not confirm or deny he made this trip, because I don't know what actually happened.

"If, and I repeat if, Mario went to Scampia then it was because he was curious about these tragically famous areas.

"He certainly did not know that the people accompanying him were tied to the clans.

"There are many people around the world of football and it's impossible to know who everyone you talk to really is."

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