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
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