Serie A - Balotelli slams birth parents

Eurosport - Tue, 10 Aug 13:05:00 2010

Manchester City target Mario Balotelli has slammed his birth parents for giving an interview to a newspaper in Brescia - the town where he grew up.

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The 19-year-old Internazionale striker was born in Palermo to Ghanian parents but was adopted by the Balotellis in Brescia when he was just two.

“I had already asked my birth parents to respect my privacy, just as my†family†always has done, but they didn’t listen to me,” Balotelli said in a statement released on his personal website.

“I have no other recourse than to repeat what I said two years ago: if I hadn’t become the football star Mario Balotelli, they wouldn’t have cared what happened to me.

“While I was on tour with Inter in America, a local newspaper published an interview with my birth parents. They said some incorrect and vague things which put my adoptive family in a bad light.

“This is something I cannot let pass, especially because my real family lives in Brescia - the family that has always loved and raised me. They are the only family who really know me as Mario.

“Perhaps in Brescia they don’t know that I stayed with my family uninterrupted for 16 years, the foster situation renewed every couple of years by the tribunal.

“Maybe they don’t know that I personally asked for adoption since the age of 13, but only managed to make it official in December 2008.”

Ballotelli is expected to make his Italian debut against the Ivory Coast at West Ham's Upton Park ground in East London on Tuesday night.

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