Senior Italian League Politician Found Guilty Of Racist Slur

Northern League party member Roberto Calderoli

 

A senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration League party was convicted on Monday of racially abusing Italy’s first black minister and handed an 18-month suspended prison term.

Roberto Calderoli, Vice President of Italy’s upper house Senate, told a political rally in 2013 that Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, looked like an orangutan.

He subsequently apologized for the comment and denied it was racist, saying he had merely made a “friendly joke”. However, a court in the northern city of Bergamo rejected this and gave him a suspended jail sentence.

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In Italy, defendants are allowed two appeals before any verdict becomes definitive.

Kyenge, who became the target of repeated racial slurs following her appointment as integration minister in 2013, said she was delighted by Monday’s court ruling.

“Hurray, hurray, hurray. You pay a heavy price for racism,” she wrote on Facebook. “Racism will be denounced wherever it shows itself.”

There was no immediate comment from Calderoli.

Italian League Postpones Matches After Astori’s Death

In this file photo taken on February 29, 2016 shows Fiorentina’s Italian defender Davide Astori (C) fights for the ball with Napoli’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain during the Italian Serie A football match between Acf Fiorentina and Napoli at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence.
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The Italian league postponed all seven Serie A matches scheduled for Sunday after the overnight death of Davide Astori, the Fiorentina captain.

The game between Udinese and Fiorentina, where Astori was due to play, had been called off in the morning, as had the early kick off between Genoa and Cagliari, which was abandoned when players learned the news while warming up on the pitch.

Astori, who was 31, died in his hotel room in Udine.

The other five games postponed were Atalanta v Sampdoria, Benevento v Verona, Chievo v Sassuolo, Torino v Crotone and AC Milan v Inter Milan.

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Gattuso,Inzaghi ready to leave San Siro

The duo of Gattuso and Inzaghi confirmed their exits from San Siro come season end after over a decade of fruitful service to AC Milan; one of the powerful clubs in the Serie A.

after an infrequent season and expiring contracts, they were given a green light to move and their release has made it the third football veteran to leave the Rossoneri with days in between, the first being Alessandro Nesta who revealed on Thursday that he will be exiting the club too this summer.

 

Players Info

Gennaro Gattuso

Gattuso started his career with Umbrian side Perugia and at the age of 19 took a transfer to Scottish team Rangers FC in July 1997 and with the exit of the coach Walter Smith who signed him, Gattuso left the club in 1998 as he never got constant playing time with the new coach and he often played out of position too. Gattuso moved to Salernitana for £4 million; an Italian club which was recently promoted to Serie A.

Gattuso joined Milan from Salernitana in 1999 for 8 million Euro,His style allowed Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti to place midfielder Andrea Pirlo in a more attacking position as Gattuso plays deeper in midfield as Gattus will often move forward to win the ball for the forward players and then return to his defensive position.

His style of play is characterised by fierce tackling and hard work — a style which has earned him the nickname of Ringhio (Growl).

He signed a contract extension in June 2003 and in October 2004 has made only six appearances this season after a serious eye problem forced him to spend several months on the side-lines.

Gattuso initially had the thought of staying at AC Milan if guaranteed an active role by the next season but changed his mind on leaving as he said there will be opportunity for young players to grow.

 

Filippo Inzaghi

Inzaghi commonly known as Pippo was born August 9th 1973,is a World Cup and Champion League winner who signed for  AC Milan in 2001 with a transfer from Juventus with a deal of 37 million Euro and so far he has scored 125 goals in 296 appearances for AC Milan.

Inzaghi became the first striker to score in all international club competitions open to European teams after his double against Boca Juniors during the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2007.

Filippo Inzaghi is currently the second all-time most prolific goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals only beaten by Raúl’s 77 goals. He is also Milan’s top international goal scorer in the club’s history with 43 goals. He also holds the record for most hat-tricks in Serie A (10), and the UEFA Champions League (three – tied with Michael Owen and Lionel Messi).

He has only made eight appearances to date in 2011-12.

He announced his plan to move on with an open letter which was published on the club’s website.