Soccer: Balotelli's brother released on parole

Enoch Baruwah to stand trial Jan 3 for assaulting Carabinieri

Soccer: Balotelli's brother released on parole

Brescia, December 24 - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli's younger brother Enoch Baruwah has been released on parole following his weekend arrest for allegedly assaulting two Carabinieri in a northern Italian bar. Baruwah, two years younger than the 22-year-old Italy star, will stand trial in Brescia on January 3 for the alleged assault, which took place while the officers were trying to end a brawl in a bar at the town of Bagnolo. The younger Balotelli has been ordered not to leave his place of residence. At a hearing Monday Baruwah claimed he was attacked by one of the bar's customers who allegedly tore off his shirt. He admitted he had had an "unjustified reaction" to the arrival of the Carabinieri but pleaded for mitigating circumstances because his sister Abigail, a former Italian Big Brother contestant who was with him, "felt ill" after he was attacked. The younger Balotelli apologised to the Carabinieri and said he had not meant to hurt them. Baruwah had a trial at English Premier League side Stoke City in December 2011 and fellow top-flight club Sunderland in January 2012 before signing with semi-professional Salford City on 16 November 2012.

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