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Just hours after Cesare Prandelli confirmed his place in his provisional World Cup, a story about Mario Balotelli's off-the-field antics has surfaced.

AC Milan marksman Mario Balotelli was more or less an inevitable choice in Cesare Prandelli's provisional Italy squad, but his career remains dogged by controversies off the pitch,

Prandelli has put his faith in the ex-Manchester City man but recently stated that he needed to get his head down and act with maturity if he wants to start any of Italy's games in Brazil.

But a matter of hours after the announcement of the provisional 30-man squad for Brazil, a story has surfaced of Balotelli acting recklessly away from the pitch.

Italian gossip magazine Diva e Donna tells a story from the night of Sunday May 4 when Balotelli was out celebrating AC Milan's 1-0 derby win over Inter.

Balotelli was out in the centre of Milan with his brother Enoch and the pair went to the Hollywood club, leaving just before dawn.

The Italian international reportedly noticed that his phone had been stolen as he was getting into his car, so he and his brother went hunting for the thief.

According to witnesses, Enoch spotted a suspect and gave chase on foot, grabbing a suspect and holding him until Mario arrived.

This resulted in a scuffle and a vehement argument that drew in several passers -by, according to eye witnesses.

Mario had to be pulled away from the suspected thief and the fracas eventually ended when an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The release of the story will have angered Balotelli and could endanger his relationship with national boss Prandelli, who will be frustrated that his warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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