Italian federation investigates Zamparini comments

The Italian football federation is investigating the president

of the Palermo football club for comparing a player’s agent to

”Jewish lawyers.”

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini made the comment during an

interview with SportMediaset, but said it was meant to be a

compliment, not anti-Semitic.

”Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has opened up an investigation and

we will send a letter to Zamparini requesting a hearing in the next

few days,” the federation said. ”We will look into all the facts

to understand them fully.”

Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported on its website that

Zamparini has said he will not turn up to the hearing.

”It’s up to him if he turns up or not,” the federation said.

”We will send him a letter asking him to as we are trying to

understand all the facts. But then it’s his decision.”

Zamparini made the comment about Javier Pastore’s agent. Pastore

moved from Palermo to Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason.

But Zamparini defended his comments.

”The word Jewish is for me synonymous with admiration for

enterprising youngsters who look for work and get it

intelligently,” Zamparini said in a statement. ”It was praise

changed into an insult … I’ve never been racist, my life proves

it.”