Soccer:Mussolini great-grandson makes Lazio youth squad

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 3 – A great-grandson of Fascist dictator
Benito Mussolini has earned a place in the youth squad of Roman
Serie A club Lazio.
    Romano Floriani Mussolini, the 18-year-old son of rightwing
former MEP Alessandra Mussolini, is as a fullback or central
defender in Lazio’s Primavera squad and may soon make his
competitive debut.
    The young man, who is in his last year at prestigious Rome
school for expats St George’s British School, has earned his
place on merit, says Primavera coach Mauro Bianchessi.
    “Surnames doesn’t count for me, players play on merit,” he said.
    “He’s a good lad, he was part of the squad before I arrived.
    He’s very good at school, he shows great intelligence”.
    “He’s not quite ready yet, he has room for growth, but he could
become a real player”.
    Mussolini was previously in the youth set-up of Lazio’s city
rivals AS Roma.
    Mussolini’s parents are Trenitalia rail company manager Mauro
Fiorani and Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Duce
and former actress who was a long-time MEP for ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia party after previously
heading her own far-right group.
    Alessandra Mussolini recently starred on Italy’s version of
Dancing with the Stars despite clashes with a gay judge who
criticised her for saying on another show in the past that it
was “better to be a Fascist than a qu**r”.
    in 2014 Mauro Fiorani plea-bargained a suspended sentence of a
year in jail after admitting using the services of a 15-year-old
prostitute in Rome’s chic Parioli district whose age he said he
was unaware of. (ANSA).
   

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