Man arrested over Mario Balotelli blackmail allegations

Mario Balotelli
Image caption Manchester City reported the alleged blackmail to police

A man has been arrested and bailed over an alleged blackmail of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The incident, thought to surround photographs of the Italian forward taken in a nightclub, was reported to the police by the club.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating after an allegation of blackmail was made by a Premier League football club.

"A man has been arrested and bailed. Inquiries are ongoing."

Newspaper pictures apparently showing Balotelli, 21, drinking champagne were believed to have been taken at the Panacea nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on the evening of 11 March.

Earlier that day, Manchester City lost top spot in the Premier League when they were beaten 1-0 away at Swansea City.

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