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Mario Balotelli: Liverpool Deny Striker Kicked Wolves Player And Was Substituted' During Friendly

05/09/2014 15:10 BST | Updated 05/09/2014 17:59 BST

Liverpool have denied reports Mario Balotelli was substituted during a behind-closed-doors friendly with Wolves after he kicked out at an opponent.

Balotelli, excluded from the Italy squad for this week's internationals, signed for Liverpool less than a fortnight ago and briefly became the centre of controversy following reported histrionics during the match on Friday.

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Balotelli made his Liverpool debut at Tottenham on Sunday

Vantage News claimed the 24-yea-old "kicked out in frustration when the ball had been played away and got a stern talking to from the referee. Balotelli was substituted straight away and stormed off to the dressing rooms."

However, Liverpool said the incident didn't happen and the event was a "complete non-story".

The 24-year-old started the game, which Liverpool won 4-0, having made his first-team debut at Tottenham on Sunday.

Adam Lallana, Kolo Touré, Lucas Leiva and José Enrique also featured.