Palermo president denies anti-Semitic comment

The president of Palermo soccer’s team has compared a player’s

agent to ”Jewish lawyers,” insisting his comment was a

compliment, not anti-Semitic.

Maurizio Zamparini used the expression during an interview with

SportMediaset. But amid reports that an Italian soccer federation

prosecutor is investigating, he is trying to explain himself.

In a statement released Thursday, he says ”the word Jewish is

for me synonymous with admiration for enterprising youngsters who

look for work and get it intelligently. … It was praise changed

into an insult.”

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that federation

prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has opened an investigation into

Zamparini’s comments about Javier Pastore’s agent.