Berlusconis In Trouble Over 'Black Boy' Slur at Jewish-Raised Mario Balotelli

Pol's Brother Makes Racist Jab at Milan's New Signing

Jewish ‘Boy’: Mario Balotelli was an orphan and was raised by a Jewish family in Italy.
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Jewish ‘Boy’: Mario Balotelli was an orphan and was raised by a Jewish family in Italy.

By Reuters

Published February 06, 2013.
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Silvio Berlusconi and his brother Paolo are getting heat over maverick Italy striker Mario Balotelli, with one accused of racism and the other of signing him for their club AC Milan only to win votes in this month’s national election.

Paolo Berlusconi, AC Milan’s vice president, was lambasted in social media after calling former Manchester City forward Balotelli “the little black boy of the family”.

A video of his comments, made on Sunday after a political event, was going viral after it was posted on various websites, including Tuttosport (www.tuttosport.com).

“And now let’s go and watch the little black boy of the family, the crazy head,” Paolo Berlusconi says in the video.

A spokesman for the Serie A club said on Wednesday there would be no comment on the video, which was recorded on the day Balotelli made his debut for AC Milan after being transferred from English Premier League club City last month.

Criticism of Paolo Berlusconi’s remarks took off after foreign media began writing about the video, which had received relatively little attention in the Italian press in the past few days.

“Balotelli is back in Italy for 2 minutes and already had racist comments made about him. Why do black players even play in Italy?,” one person tweeted.

Other tweets slammed the comments as “appalling”, “gross” and “idiocy”.

Balotelli, playing three days after leaving City, scored both goals in Milan’s 2-1 home victory over Udinese on Sunday.


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