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Man held over blackmail claims

A man has been arrested over claims he attempted to blackmail Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The incident, thought to surround photographs of the controversial Italian forward taken in a nightclub, was reported to the 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. Inquiries are ongoing."

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

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

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