Mario Balotelli is demanding a paternity test to establish if he really is the father of pregnant former girlfriend Raffaella Fico - which has sparked a bitter attack from her furious brother.
Raffaella, 27, revealed earlier this week that she was expecting the fiery 21-year-old Manchester City striker's baby and that she was almost four months pregnant.
The couple split in April after a huge doorstep row and earlier reports this week said Balotelli was 'delighted' at the news but now speaking for the first time in a statement he said he would only 'accept full responsibility' for the baby after a DNA test proved he was the father.
'I don't understand why Raffaella did not contact me to tell me about this - and I also find it disappointing that money is already being made from this with photographs and interviews being bought and sold.'
'I believe that Raffaella is already famous enough without having to exploit this story for publicity. This is the last time I am going to speak about this and I have no intention of responding or replying to anything Raffaella writes or says.'
Raffaella had claimed that the two were going to give their relationship another chance but the strength of furious Balotelli's statement appeared to tell a different story and his demands for a DNA test were slammed by his former girlfriend's brother - who also revealed she had received threats demanding she had an abortion.
Raffaella had claimed that she told Balotelli she was pregnant late last month, the day before Italy beat Germany 2-0 in the European Championships semi final and that he had replied 'You have given me the best news in the world.'