AC Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi, the younger brother of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, used a racial slur to describe his team’s newly-acquired soccer star Mario Balotelli, who is black. He also invited “all the young ladies” to meet his brother.
“Okay, we are all off to see the family’s little n—–. 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),” he said at a political rally.
His comments translate to “little black boy” or “little negro.” In a symbol of how different European countries are from America, Italians have often chanted that a black soccer player can never be a full Italian when Balotelli started for the national soccer team.
According to reports, Paolo Berlusconi was attending a political rally for Italy’s People of Freedom party when he made the comments, which local reporters caught on film.
Balotelli made his debut for his new team on Sunday.