Italy government unhappy with Inter Milan defender Materazzi over Silvio mask

Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi has invited the wrath of the Italian government for wearing a Silvio Berlusconi mask after Sunday's victory over Milan.

Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi has invited the wrath of the Italian government for wearing a Silvio Berlusconi mask after Sunday's victory over Milan.

Materazzi celebrated with his team-mates in the guise of Milan's patron and Italy's Prime Minister.

Italy's Minister of Defence, Ignazio La Russa, a renowned Inter fan, said: “Marco is a friend, but his actions were an enormous fall in style.

“I think that he didn't do it to give [a political] weight to his gesture. I have never seen anyone mock the President of a football team, not even Presidents as invasive as Berlusconi.

“And since Berlusconi is the Prime Minister, and Materazzi's gesture can be manipulated, I will call for Marco to apologise and make it understood that he didn't mean to offend the President.”

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