Sport Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

The club's former midfielder has retired from playing in order to take up the role

Prosecutors have called for Roberto Calderoli to stand trial for the racial abuse he aimed at the country's first black cabinet minister

Senior Italian politician charged with 'defamation aggravated by racial discrimination'

Roberto Calderoli fails to shrug off storm over 'orangutan' comment directed at Congolese-born integration minister

Get me out of here - Cyprus, Lake Como, Dubai

Now... As the heatwave has slowed down holiday bookings, there are plenty of cheap packages. Flying from Cardiff on Sunday 28 July to Cyprus for a self-catering week in Ayia Napa costs £268 including 15kg baggage and transfers. thomascook.com

Postcard from... Milan

Over the years any number of things have helped the billionaire mogul and three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi avoid serious convictions. The statute of limitations, the glacial speed of Italian justice and Mr Berlusconi’s own self-serving law changes are obvious examples.

Silvio Berlusconi’s decision to purchase Mario Balotelli for Milan could buy him two percentage points in the opinion polls

Michael Day: Could Mario Balotelli's arrival at AC Milan swing it for Silvio Berlusconi?

Striker joined from Manchester City in £19m deal

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (left) and Kevin Constant wear anti-racism shirts before their game against Siena yesterday

Italian politician among those questioned over Kevin-Prince Boateng abuse

AC Milan midfielder walked off following abuse

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Anti-racism campaigners praise AC Milan forward Kevin-Prince Boateng following walk-off

Former Tottenham and Portsmouth player was abused during friendly

Who says 18 months-old is too young to vote?

Victoria Ronzulli, aged 18 months, must be something of an expert on the workings of the European Parliament.

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, signalled defeat in his club’s bid to sign Tevez

AC Milan near decision over Carlos Tevez

AC Milan will make a final decision regarding the signing of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez tomorrow, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani.

Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni arrested in new betting probe

Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and 16 other people have been arrested in another match-fixing probe in Italy.

Serie A postponed over dispute

The start of the Serie A season will be delayed after the Italian Players' Union announced their members will strike this weekend.

Milanese chicken with spinach

Gino D'Acampo makes Pollo alla Milanese con Spinaci.

Traveller's guide: The Italian Lakes

In the last of our six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, <b>Lara Dunston</b> plunges into a dramatic region

Berlusconi has surgery to fix jaw

Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi underwent four hours of facial surgery yesterday to repair damage he suffered when a man hurled a statuette at him in 2009.

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