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Marcello Lippi adds xenophobia to his list of likeable personality traits

Italy manager glad to see the back of ‘foreigner’ Kaka

Marcello Lippi and Gennaro Gattuso

Marcello Lippi is quite a character. The Italy coach – pictured shirt lifting with Gennaro Gattuso – once claimed there are no gay footballers, and can now add a string of xenophobia to his thoroughly illiberal bow.

When Sky Italia asked about Kaka’s world record move to Real Madrid, the 61-year-old didn’t exactly lament Serie A’s loss:

The more foreigners that leave Italy, the better it is for Italian Calcio.

Granted, Lippi would have a greater selection for his national side if Serie A was devoid of any foreign talent, but of course, it would also make for a much weaker league, with far less revenue-generating potential.

If Lippi was coaching in England, someone would have thrown an egg at him in the street by now.

[Goal via Dirty Tackle]

3 responses so far
  • James // June 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Amen, go to hell foreigners !

  • Jessica // June 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Misinterpretation, much?
    He was trying to say that national players would get more opportunities and it’d be better for their NT. He’s just awkward.

    It’s easy to quote only one sentence, Marcello Lippi is not racist, do you homework :

    “I tell Balotelli not to have his life affected by some imbeciles,” explained the former Juventus coach as quoted by “I don’t understand any kind of racism.

    “I understand his disappointment, but Balotelli must look around him: he will see wonderful team-mates at Inter and in the Under 21 national team and then his friends and his family.

    “He’s surrounded by respect, affection and consideration.”

  • Aki // October 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Black people were living happilly and comfortably weel in Africa before the the invasion of the white guys,no one complained or called them names.Black kingdoms and empires were destroyed, no one complained.Black people were taken away in chains to slavery like criminals and scattered allover the globe/world, yet no one complained.Listen, he is(the blackman )only trying to return the visit you paid him (the blackman) back in the days

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