Italian striker, Mario Balotelli has been cleared of all rape allegation after he was accused of the offence by a girl in France who was 16 at the time.
The alleged offence occurred back in July 2017, when the ex Manchester City and Liverpool man was plying his trade in France with Nice.
Balotelli, 31, said that the pair had met when she was on holiday and they had consensual sex, after which she contacted him asking for €100,000 (£84,930).
Balotelli reported the attempted extortion attempt to the police, three weeks before his accuser and her lawyer contacted authorities.
However, Italian police in Balotelli’s hometown of Brescia have closed the case, deeming that any accusation levelled at the footballer was ‘unfounded’.
‘Balotelli is satisfied, as this was an unacceptable and insulting accusation,’ the Italian’s lawyer said.
‘It’s a pity for the girl, who proved herself to be an instrument in the hands of an adult without scruples.’
A judge ruled that witness evidence and telephone conversation recordings with Balotelli proved a ‘machination’ to extort money.
The 31-year-old Italian striker recently signing for Turkish side Adana Demirspor, after leaving Monza in Italy this summer.
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