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Dirty Tackle

Mario Balotelli didn’t say Real Madrid players could sleep with his girlfriend if they beat Dortmund

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Balotelli with girlfriend Fanny Nequesha. (Getty)

Milan have released a statement on their official website debunking a salacious quote attributed to Mario Balotelli by news organizations far and wide. Spanish outlets AS and Marca started it all by publishing brief items that claimed the Milan striker said, "If Real Madrid comes back against Borussia Dortmund and make it to the final of the Champions League, I will let my girlfriend sleep with all the players." Neither said who he told this to or why it should be believed to be true. And yet, that didn't stop major outlets all over the world from parroting the story and gleefully jumping on the pageview gravy train.

So, the day of Real Madrid's attempt to come back from 4-1 down to Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal, Milan confirmed that the quote was false.

AC Milan deny what is published today by the "Corriere della Sera", referring to the British tabloid "The Sun", concerning alleged statements made ​​by Mario Bolotelli on the Champions League Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund. AC Milan insists that the player has never said anything or commented on this topic with any news organization.

When a story is about Mario Balotelli, all journalistic standards seem to go out the window because most everyone is not only willing, but eager to immediately believe anything that's written about him. This was born from a few crazy tales with varying degrees of truth. But at this point far more have been proven false, as Balotelli himself cleared up in a 2012 interview with Noel Gallagher (who admitted he was crushed by the myth-busting). And yet, the truth continues to be ignored with reckless abandon while the joyful rewards of gullibility are embraced.

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