Balotelli said he hated English food, the weather and the press

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Mario Balotelli last night lambasted England and said there was little he liked about it apart from the football during a sullen press conference at San Siro.

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Former Inter Milan striker signs for rivals as wild celebrations by fans end in clashes with police

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Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for "having done good" despite the Fascist dictator's anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe today held Holocaust remembrances.

Sir Alex Ferguson might have let his side down last weekend

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Last Sunday, in our sister newspaper, Hugh Godwin broke the news that BT plans to introduce an “access-all-areas” revolution to its coverage of rugby union. Training ground and dressing-room confidences will be shared with viewers, and measured by studio experts against the match-day realities.

Fabrizio Corona leaves court in Milan during his trial in 2007

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Italy’s most notorious paparazzo, whose five-year prison sentence for blackmailing French football star David Trézéguet was confirmed by the Supreme Court last week, has fled the authorities.

Mario Balotelli

AC Milan ask Manchester City to lower asking price for Mario Balotelli

Manchester City are demanding over £20m for the Italian striker

Mario Balotelli

Working with Mario Balotelli would be 'stimulating' says Napoli manager

Manchester City striker has been linked with a return to Italy

AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, left, was racially abused

Italian politician quits after being accused of participating in racist chanting that led to AC Milan players leaving a football pitch mid-match

A politician from Italy’s Northern League political party has been forced to quit after being accused of chanting racist comments that led AC Milan football players to walk off the pitch last week.

Berlusconi rules out bid for PM

Silvio Berlusconi has announced he will not seek to return as Prime Minister under an alliance with the devolutionist Northern League after elections next month. He had been striving to seal the deal with his estranged former allies to strengthen the centre-right bloc.

Walk-off part: An angry Kevin-Prince Boateng of Milan (right) leaves the field in response to the racist abuse

Sepp Blatter should resign over Kevin-Prince Boateng case, says anti-racism group

Fifa president said AC Milan player was wrong to stage walk-off

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