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City deny Balotelli 'paternity leave' report

November 6, 2012
By ESPN staff
Manchester City have denied reports that striker Mario Balotelli is set to take two weeks off over Christmas.

A report in Tuesday's Daily Star claimed that, with Balotelli's girlfriend Raffaella Fico due to give birth on December 25, the Italy international had requested the festive period off work.

The report cited Gareth Bale's recent absence from a match for Tottenham due to the birth of his first child before stating that Balotelli was taking things further by missing four ...

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