02.05.13

AC Milan’s Curious Welcome For Mario Balotelli

Posted in Football, Racism Corner at 7:49 pm by

AC Milan acquired Mario Balotelli last week from Manchester City in a £19m transfer that saw the enigmatic striker score a pair of goals upon his 2013 Serie A debut last Saturday against Udinese.  Just 3 days later, Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi has publicly called Balotelli, “crazy head”….and worse. From the Guardian :

Berlusconi, the younger brother of the former Italian prime minister Silvio, who is Milan’s president, described Balotelli as “negretto di famiglia” at a political meeting in Monza and was filmed by reporters.

The clip, which is being featured on the website of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, shows him saying: “OK, we are all off to see the family’s little nigger. He’s a crazy head. All the young ladies are invited as well – you can even have a chance to meet the president [Silvio Berlusconi].”

The comments have caused outrage in Italy, especially after the Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng won plaudits from Silvio Berlusconi for walking off the pitch after being racially abused during a friendly in January.

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