Mario Balotelli facing police interview over accusation of threatening behaviour

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is wanted for questioning by Greater Manchester Police in connection with an allegation that he threatened a woman taking photos of his Ferrari on Thursday afternoon.

Police received a call regarding an incident in the Wythenshawe region of Manchester at 3.05pm, with reports of a confrontation after a man, thought to be Balotelli, took exception to exception to a woman capturing snaps of his red sports car parked on the pavement.

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The incident is the latest regrettable event in a week to forget for the Italian striker, who is under scrutiny from both Liverpool fans and his manager Brendan Rodgers after failing to deliver the goods for the Reds so far this season.

Balotelli has only managed one goal in 10 games since making a £16 million summer switch, a move by Rodgers which was understandably under fire before these fresh reports of questionable off-field conduct.

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BBC Sport understands that Balotelli is alleged by a woman to have moved towards her daughter in a threatening manner, with police confirming that they are hoping to speak to all involved to help clarify exactly what happened and act accordingly.

Greater Manchester Police gave a very brief statement on their plan to investigate the alleged incident, disclosing: "We received a report of threatening behaviour and we are investigating."

Shirt-swap storm won't go away

Balotelli was already spread all over the back pages for the wrong reasons before this latest furore, with his decision to swap shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half-time of Wednesday night's Champions League annoying Rodgers and a large section of Liverpool fans.

Rodgers insisted after the 3-0 defeat that he's had a conversation with the physically imposing forward about the 'Liverpool culture', which seemingly doesn't allow for players to trade items of clothing with opponents before a match has concluded.

How the ex-AC Milan misfit could do with a goal or two to earn the trust of the Anfield faithful, but chances have been at a premium during a time when Liverpool have been without Daniel Sturridge and desperately needed their new striker to step up.

It now remains to be seen if Rodgers will keep Balotelli as the centre of his strikeforce for Saturday's Premier League clash with Hull City, particularly in light of fresh claims that could well remind Rodgers that he has a player in Rickie Lambert that's also desperate to prove his worth on Merseyside this season.

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