Thursday 27 April 2017

Phillip Pullella: Will ‘bad boy’ Balotelli help his boss Berlusconi?

Mario Balotelli. Photo: PA
Mario Balotelli. Photo: PA

SOCCER players do not usually enter a nation's political fray but when the country is Italy, the player is Mario Balotelli and the person running for office is his new boss Silvio Berlusconi, all bets are off.

Balotelli, the hot-tempered forward who had been playing for Manchester City, is poised to sign for AC Milan, the club owned by the former prime minister vying for a political comeback.

The timing of the deal and its potential electoral implications were not lost on anyone, least of all Berlusconi's centre-left opposition.

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