Italy

Emerson leaves AC Milan

 Emerson leaves AC Milan Rome  - Brazilian midfielder Emers

Rumours of sale inflate Roma's stock shares

Rumours of sale inflate Roma's stock shares Rome  - The shares of Serie A side Roma gained 20 per cent Tuesday amid rumours that a Swiss-German financial group is interested in buying the club, the online site epubblica. it reported.

It appears that Roma and the prospective buyers already signed a preliminary agreement, but the Italpetroli oil company, which controls the club, denied in a statement to have sold its shares.

"Journalistic fabrications about the time for a sale of (our) shares are entirely imaginative and lacking of foundation," Italpetroli said.

Malta claims it is not diverting immigrants to Italy

Malta claims it is not diverting immigrants to ItalyValletta - Malta on Tuesday denied claims that it had diverted 40,000 would-be illegal immigrants to Italy in recent years.

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni presented a dossier to the European Commission on Tuesday in the wake of Malta's refusal to accept refugees from a Turkish vessel.

More than 140 immigrants were left stranded off Lampedusa for three days at the end of last week, after the rescue vessel Pinar was refused entry by both Italy and Malta.

Del Neri to leave Atalanta at season's end

Del Neri to leave Atalanta at season's endRome - Atalanta coach Luigi Del Neri Tuesday confirmed his mooted departure from the Bergamo side, which he will steer for the remaining six games of the Serie A season, Italian media reported.

"I leave Atalanta because we have different programs," the 58-year-old trainer said. "I'm looking for more important goals than just safety from relegation."

Del Neri has coached Atalanta since 2007, closing the past season in ninth position.

Silvio Berlusconi, female minister laid bare in painting

Silvio Berlusconi, female minister laid bare in paintingLondon, Apr 21 : Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and one of his female ministers, whom he once said he would like to marry, have been painted nude by an artist.

Two years ago, in an interview to a TV channel, Berlusconi had told Equality Minister Mara Carfagna that he would marry her like a shot if he wasn''t married already.

Infuriated wife Veronica Lario had, subsequently, demanded and obtained an apology.

Dunga, Italian media rebuke racism in stadiums

Dunga, Italian media rebuke racism in stadiums Rome - Brazil's football team coach Dunga on Monday took a firm stand against the racist chants that Juventus fans aimed at Inter Milan black striker Mario Balotelli at the weekend.

Dunga spent the weekend in Italy to watch some Brazilian internationals playing in the Italian Serie A.

"Racism is a bad thing," he said, "but in football we feel it more because there are players from all over the world. People want to blow off steam, but they do it in a wrong way.

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