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Mario Balotelli says he has grown up

March 7, 2012 - London

Mario Balotelli has claimed that he as finally grown up, even though he was recently in the middle of a strip club controversy.

Balotelli was spotted coming out of a Liverpool strip club just 48 hours before the Bolton game in which he scored, and two days after he was dropped from the Italy squad.

It led to his angry manager Roberto Mancini threatening to fine him and suggest that he get married.

"Do I think to marry? For me it is not soon," the Daily Express quoted the Manchester City striker as saying.

"My girlfriend, Raffaella, is the best thing that ever happened to me. She understands me when I make a mess. How did she take my evening at the strip club? Well, I'd have got angry if she went to a male strippers' club with her friends.

"I have not done anything wrong at the strip club, even though I was wrong to go there two days before a game," he added.


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