Balotelli had 'brief involvement' with Rooney hooker Jennifer Thompson

Mario Balotelli

Eccentric Man City striker was targeted at a time when women were trying to sell their stories, says agent

LAST UPDATED AT 13:31 ON Wed 4 Apr 2012

MARIO BALOTELLI had a “brief involvement” with Jennifer Thompson, the prostitute who previously claimed to have had sex with Wayne Rooney while the Manchester United player’s wife was pregnant, according to the Manchester City striker’s agent.

Mino Raiola said that Balotelli was involved with Thompson at a time when women were “targeting” the player to earn money for selling their stories, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Raiola added: “Mario is a young and impulsive football player and as such he is an easy target for tabloids looking for stories and people seeking to benefit from being associated with him.

“Lately I feel that the chase has become more purposeful and women, in particular, are targeting Mario looking to make money from him directly or by selling stories to newspapers that relate to situations which they have intentionally pursued.

“Mario has had a brief involvement with Miss Jennifer Thompson, a well-known figure amongst tabloid readers in England.

“Mario prefers to admit what has happened, has refused any means on offer to try to keep the matter silent and will deal with any consequences his actions bring in the way of public attention."

Jennifer Thompson claimed in 2010 that Rooney had paid her for sex while whi wife Coleen was pregnant in 2009.

Last year the Sun reported that Balotelli, 21, had walked over to a table in an exclusive restaurant where Thompson, 22, was dining and blown raspberries in the face of her male friend before asking him to step outside, apparently for a fight. · 

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