Quite why Mario Balotelli could possibly have fancied a trip to Westminster to "pop" in on the Drugs Policy debate at the House of Commons today remains unclear.
But the Liverpool striker has a history of doing the unexpected. Like randomly driving into a women’s prison to "have a look around" and burning down his own bathroom after attempting an indoor fireworks display using the wrong type of fireworks.
Which might well have added some credence to claims, originally made by Conservative MP for Hexham Guy Opperman, that he’d spotted the Italian sportsman watching the political drama unfold in the public gallery today.
"Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has popped in to Commons Gallery to watch the Drug Policy debate -wearing sharp suit, pink shirt and a poppy," Opperman tweeted, spawning a series of confused tweets from journalists squinting to work out whether they were in fact in the presence of the Italian international – or whether the politician had embarrassingly mistaken him for a random black guest.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has popped in to Commons Gallery to watch the Drug Policy debate -wearing sharp suit, pink shirt a poppyGuy Opperman MP (@GuyOppermanMP) October 30, 2014
Man who looks very much like Mario Balotelli in Commons public Gallery for the drugs debate....could it be him?!Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) October 30, 2014
Mario Balotelli sitting in on the commons drug policy debate? Surely not...Matt OConnell (@matt_oconnell1) October 30, 2014
Not too sure on this one... perhaps a Mario Balotelli lookalike on the loose. Although would you really put it past him?Kieran Gill (@kie1410) October 30, 2014
Turns out, the latter was correct. As Balotelli was about 220 miles away in a different city.
Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Read the full story here.
After gambling at Manchester's 235 Casino, Balotelli walked away with winnings of £25,000. Feeling generous, he gave a homeless man 'with ginger dreadlocks and a beard' £1,000. Click here for the full story.
3/17 Parking fines
During his time in Manchester, Balotelli racked up £10,000 in parking fines and had his white Maserati impounded 27 times. Once he was pulled over by the police who wanted to enquire why he had £5,000 in cash on his front seat. Balotelli reorted: 'Because I am rich.' Click here for the full story.
Balotelli was 'bored', so threw darts at Manchester City youth team players to pass the time. Click here for the full story.
Balotelli explained prior to Euro 2012 how he would deal with racists: 'I will not accept racism at all. It's unacceptable. If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them.'
In a pre-season friendly for AC Milan, two fans ran onto the pitch to demand a selfie with the striker. Rather than shy away like most would in such a situation, Balotelli was more than happy to oblige.
Mario isn't a one trick pony. He can also iron, dance and read - all at the same time. Click here to watch.
For reasons never fully explained, Balotelli once sported a chicken hat. Thankfully it was a trend that never caught on.
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A bright spark at the body that co-ordinates firework safety material enlisted Balotelli soon after it was reported that some had been set off in the bathroom of his Manchester mansion.
10/17 Why always me?
The day those stories emerged, Balotelli scored for City in the Manchester derby, giving him the perfect opportunity to reveal *that* t-shirt.
11/17 The Queen
The Queen may be wary of Balotelli's return to England. During the World Cup, he said he wanted a kiss from Her Royal Highness should Italy do England a favour by beating Costa Rica. Thankfully for everyone involved, they didn't.
During a Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev, Balotelli had to be substituted in the 57th minute with his face swelling up. It emerged afterwards that the Italian is allergic to some types of grass.
During an Inter Milan press conference to announce the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni as interim-manager, Balotelli interrupted proceedings to say hello. He was enjoying a day-off from Manchester City at the time. Click here to watch.
Balotelli's naked torso was to be one of the defining images of Euro 2012 - but he's not overly keen on celebrating goals. 'I don't celebrate goals, I'm just doing my job,' he infamously said. 'Does a postman celebrate when he delivered the mail?'
Balotelli has always appeared to be well loved by his team-mates. Perhaps it's the pranks he plays, like this one on Edin Dzeko. Click here to watch.
Balotelli was reportedly questioned by police in Italy when he was found taking a look around the grounds of a women's prison in Brescia. Apparently he simply fancied having a look. Click here for the full story.
Balotelli's relationship with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was a complicated one. It has been described as a father-and-son type relationship - only the sort where they fight each other during training.
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"Mario Balotelli was and still is at Melwood Training Ground," Liverpool Football club confirmed.
PROOF: Here is Mario Balotelli training with Liverpool but an hour or so ago pic.twitter.com/cXMXTbZCY6Mark Hughes (@Hughes_Mark) October 30, 2014
"I get that all the time," the doppleganger said.
Turns out, 'Not Balotelli' is actually a man almost twice the striker's age - 55-year-old activist and youth worker Ken Hinds, who regularly works with the police on matters such as gang related violence.
At the moment, he's campaigning against the use of police stop and search methods in relation to drugs possession.
"I was sitting down watching the debate and I was approached by a number of MPs asking me if I was Balloteli," Hinds told The Telegraph outside the Commons yesterday.
"I had to disappoint them and say no - but he is a great man and I am only privileged to associated with man like that.
"I was in the debate because I am the chairman of Haringey stop and search monitoring group, we definitely know that drug play a big part in stop and search.
"In my community, which is one of the poorest boroughs in the country we know that two thirds of the stop and search is around drugs."Reuse content