Palermo president denies anti-Semitic comment

BY foxsports • November 10, 2011

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.

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