Aviation Chief Likens Holders of Fake Passports to Mario Balotelli

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Aviation Chief Likens Holders of Fake Passports to Mario Balotelli
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Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, speaking to media about the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, has likened two passengers travelling on board on fake passports to AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

The investigator was trying to explain that the two men on the flight between Malaysia and China did not have an Asian appearance. Channel 4 have a copy of the clip:  

The Guardian records the transcript:

“It is confirmed now that they are not Asian looking men,” he said.

A reporter asked Rahman to say “roughly” what they looked like. He replied “Do you know a footballer by the name of Balotelli [using an approximate pronunciation of the name]”. 

The flight disappeared off radar screens on Friday night and has not been seen since. The search for the plane continues, and CNN.com has provided a comprehensive summary of what we do and don't know about the situation.

 Why always Mario Balotelli, indeed?

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