Man "privileged" to be mistaken for Mario Balotelli in Commons

Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Hull City at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 25, 2014
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A 55-year-old dancer is "privileged" to have been mistaken for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli at the House of Commons.

A Conservative MP wrongly claimed that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was sitting in the House of Commons yesterday during a debate about the government's drug policy.

Guy Opperman spotted the man, who had similar hair to the controversial Italian, and caused a stir on Twitter by writing: "Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has popped in to Commons Gallery to watch the Drug Policy debate -wearing sharp suit, pink shirt &a poppy."

However, other MPs were quick to correct the politician, while others asked the Balotelli lookalike in person, who turned out to be 55-year-old dancer Kevin Hinds.

Outside the Commons, Mr Hinds told The Telegraph: "I was sitting down watching the debate and I was approached by a number of MPs asking me if I was Balloteli.

"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."

Balotelli is known for his eccentric behaviour off the pitch, but the 24-year-old forward was in training during the drugs debate in London.

Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
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