Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi describes Mario Balotelli as “the family’s little nig*er” (video).
ITALY - Mario Balotelli has found himself at the centre of a racism storm in Italyafter the Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi described him as “the family’s little nigger”.
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.
Paolo Berlusconi was attending a rally for a candidate for his brother’s right-wing People of Freedom party when he made the remark.
Italian-born Balotelli joined Milan from Manchester City on transfer deadline day in January and scored twice on his debut against Udinese at the weekend.