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ROME — Last week it was Silvio Berlusconi who got into hot water for praising Benito Mussolini. This week it’s the former premier’s younger brother who has sparked outrage – by calling an Italian superstar soccer player of African descent the family’s “little black boy.”
In a much viewed video clip, Paolo Berlusconi told a crowd of supporters Sunday that he was off to the soccer stadium to see Mario Balotelli, a prolific striker recently acquired by his brother’s AC Milan soccer team — calling him by an insulting and patronizing term for black people.
Italy has had blatant episodes of racism in soccer, with monkey chants against black players a relatively common occurrence. Paolo Berlusconi’s racist quip in Milan (“Now, let’s go see the family’s little black boy, the hot head”) provoked chuckles among the friendly crowd, although scathing comments soon flooded the Internet.
While the brothers’ comments have caused international bafflement, there may be a political element.
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New AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been involved in an argument with police after parking illegally on Thursday.
According to reports, Balotelli, who was on his way to collect friends, was told to move his car when he stopped in a no-parking zone in front of Milan's Linate airport.
The Italy striker did so, but then parked again illegally. Balotelli was then fined by...
Mario Balotelli is at the center of a racism storm in Italy after a shocking public remark by AC Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi.
Berlusconi - younger brother of the club president Silvio - described Balotelli as "negretto di famiglia" - translated as "the family's little n****".
The utterance came at a political meeting in Monza near Milan and was...
Some people still don’t get it I see. Mario Balotelli is an Italian soccer star who just joined AC Milan from Manchester City on transfer last week.
AC Milan gave up a pretty penny to acquire Balotelli and showed him just how important he was by disrespecting him with racial slurs.
Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi used a racist slur to describe the newly acquired forward during...
Silvio Berlusconi's brother, vice president of AC Milan, the team owned by the media mogul, has sparked criticism by using a racist term to refer to the team's new star acquisition, Mario Balotelli, an Italian of African descent.
Paolo Berlusconi, who also runs the family newspaper, Il Giornale, made the comment Sunday at a campaign rally in Milan. In a much-viewed video...
AC Milan has denied reports striker Mario Balotelli was involved in an argument with police after parking illegally on Thursday.
The club says ''normal checks'' were carried out on Balotelli's car but that ''there was no argument.''
Earlier, Italian media reports said Balotelli, who was on his way to collect friends, was told to move his car...
Well that didn’t take long. The walking controversy that is Mario Balotelli was welcomed back to Italy by hoards of fans and scored 2 goals in his AC Milan debut. “Cyclone Balotelli” is back at the San Siro. Milan is back in the race for the Scudetto level on points with Inter after being 13 points behind 10 games ago. All’s well that ends well, right? Not when the Berlusconi...
Milan VP passes racist comments about Balotelli - originally posted on Soccerlens.comAC Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi has described Mario Balotelli as “negretto di famiglia” (“family’s little *********) sparking controversy in the Italian media.
At the centre of racial remarks made by Paolo Berlusconi
Paolo is the younger brother of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio...
Last week it was Silvio Berlusconi who got into hot water for praising Mussolini. This week it's the former premier's younger brother who has sparked outrage - by calling an Italian superstar soccer player of African descent the family's ''little black boy.''
In a much viewed video clip, Paolo Berlusconi told a crowd of supporters Sunday that he was off...
Every year, we hear and read about clubs splashing out exorbitant amounts of money on players and wage payments. We regularly read articles bashing players and their lifestyles, demonizing them, and, in the process, generate hate and somewhat unfair generalizations of their character and lifestyle through a few words from a gossip newspaper or an unflattering image.