'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant Mario Falcone has received a warning from show bosses after hitting fellow housemate Sophie Anderton during a play fight.

The model and the 'TOWIE' star had enjoyed a night of drinking and flirting when they began playfully slapping each other.

However, according to the Daily Star, Sophie complained to Mario that he had hit her 'a bit too hard', forcing Big Brother to step in to stop things getting out of hand.

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Sophie Anderton and Mario Falcone

Actions were taken to prevent a repeat of an incident in this summer's regular series of 'Big Brother', where a play fight between Daley Ojuederie and Hazel O’Sullivan saw him grab her by the throat and threaten to 'nut her one', leading to him being removed from the house.

After Mario was called to the diary room to discuss his behaviour in relation to the rules regarding what is acceptable, he insisted: “We were just f***ing around and having fun.”

Sophie also said: "He did it a little bit too hard. They think this is serious but we were playing around. We were play fighting.”

The scenes were not broadcast in Tuesday night's show, but some can be seen in the video above.

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Sophie and Mario had been flirting with each other all evening

Viewers had earlier watched Sophie and Mario flirting, with the reality star telling her: "Deep down you've got a really good heart. As soon as I met you...if you were single, different story."

It is the third time one of the celebrity housemates have been in breach of the show's rules, after Carol McGiffin was warned about using unacceptable language, and Ron Atkinson was spoken to after he suggested housemate Danielle Marr was carrying a bomb because she was wearing a headscarf.

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  • Carol McGiffin

    Carol McGiffin is best known as a regular panellist on daytime talk show 'Loose Women'. She married Chris Evans in 1991 and the couple separated in 1994 and divorced in 1998. She is now engaged to Mark Cassidy who is 22 years younger than her. She’s not shy of tabloid attention and has admitted to loving a few drinks and a good party.

  • Mario Falcone

    Mario Falcone is a television personality and also a bespoke tailor on Saville Row. He is best known for starring as himself in the ITV2’s 'The Only Way Is Essex'. Debuting during the third series in 2011, Mario became known for his on/off relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh, which finally ended in February 2013. He used to be a self-confessed player - involved in threesomes, foursomes and fivesomes

  • Bruce Jones

    Bruce Jones is an actor, best known for his role as cab driver Les Battersby in 'Coronation Street'. He left the role in 2007

  • Vicky Entwistle

    Vicky Entwistle is most famous for playing the role of "loudmouth" factory worker Janice Battersby in ITV's 'Coronation Street'.

  • Louie Spence

    Louie Spence is a choreographer, television personality and artistic director of Pineapple Dance Studios. He was a professional dancer and in his youth, performed in West End musicals such as Cats and Closer to Heaven.

  • Abz Love

    Abz Love was a member of the famous 90’s boy band 5ive. They sold almost 20 million records around the world.

  • Charlotte Crosby

    Charlotte Crosby is a British reality television personality who shot to fame on 'Geordie Shore'. Her on-off relationship with fellow cast mate Gaz had viewers gripped. Famously labelled as Cheryl Cole’s favourite, Charlotte loves to be the centre of attention and describes herself as fun, loveable, ditzy and laid back.

  • Courtney Stodden

    Courtney Alexis Stodden is an American television personality and model. At 16 Courtney, an aspiring country music and pop music singer and actress became in touch online with critically acclaimed 'Green Mile' actor Doug Hutchison, on the recommendation of a friend who worked in Hollywood and knew Hutchison. They began a courtship over the Internet. On 20th May 2011, the couple married in Las Vegas.

  • Danielle Marr

    Danielle Marr is celebrity Botox Doctor and clinical Director of DermaFace Clinic. She rose to fame through the reality show 'Dublin Wives'.

  • Dustin Diamond

    Dustin Diamond is an American actor best known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television show 'Saved by the Bell'. He’s also appeared on the reality TV show 'Celebrity Fit Club' and published a memoir, Behind the Bell. Dustin has also directed and released his own sex tape called 'Screeched – Saved by the Smell'.

  • Lauren Harries

    Lauren Charlotte Harries (born James Charles Harries) is a British TV personality. Beginning her career as a young boy at the tender age of 10 on the Wogan show, Harries was labelled a ‘child prodigy’ in the field of antiques. Harries, who is now a woman after a full sex change operation was born was born in Surrey in 1978.

  • Ron Atkinson

    Ronald ‘Ron’ Atkinson is a football player turned team manager who went on to become a football pundit with his own trademark phrases known as "Big-Ronisms" or "Ronglish". He was famously forced to resign from ITV in 2004 after making a shocking racist comment about black Chelsea star Marcel Desailly.

  • Sophie Anderton

    Sophie Anderton is a model and reality television personality. She was born in Bristol and rose to fame after appearing in underwear brand Gossard’s 'girl in the grass' advertising campaign. She has been on shows such as Celebrity Love Island, 'I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', 'Hole in the Wall' and 'Winter Wipeout'.

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