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That's Not Mario Balotelli, MP Thinks 55-Year-Old Dancer Is Footballer

30/10/2014 14:21 GMT | Updated 30/10/2014 17:59 GMT
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Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli reacts to the referees assistant during English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Hull City at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 25, 2014. The match ended 0-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

MPs got very excited on Thursday when they thought they spotted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli watching a debate on drug policy in the House of Commons from the public gallery.

However upon further investigation the man turned out to be a 55-year-old dancer, rather than the 24-year-old premiership footballer.

Tory MP Guy Opperman was sure it was Balotelli "wearing sharp suit, pink shirt and a poppy". The "press may be divided but u should go and ask him! MPs in Commons agreed it is him," he tweeted. "Or his absolute double."

Reporters rushed to discover whether the Italian footballer had taken some time out of training to watch MPs argue about drugs. They soon discovered he had not. The man, The Sun noted, did have a similar mohican haircut. "I get that all the time," he told the Daily Telegraph.