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.