Promised bus full of prostitutes
After the Monza win, is Berlusconi now making good on his bad man joke?
Politicians in particular have to keep their word – which puts former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in a piquant situation. He has promised his AC Monza players a bus full of prostitutes if they win a top-flight duel. Monza now won 2-0 against Juve.
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Berlusconi has owned Italian football club AC Monza since 2018.
The promise was probably a bad man’s joke – but if he wants to keep his word, Silvio Berlusconi (86), multiple former Italian head of government, now has to send a “bus full of prostitutes” to his football players in the dressing room. At a Christmas party, Berlusconi promised the footballers of his AC Monza such a joy bus if they won the next top duel in Serie A.
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What football Italy feared actually happened on Sunday: Berlusconi’s newly promoted AC Monza won 2-0 away against Juventus Turin. The bus promise of the old Italian politician should have stayed in the familiar circle of players, managers and sponsors of the first division. But in the age of mobile phones that broadcast videos in real time, Berlusconi’s verbal faux pas quickly became public knowledge.
Berlusconi was immediately sharply criticized for the Christmas promise. Not only had he used a crude Italian expression for prostitutes. The 86-year-old also earned applause and laughs, as can be heard in a video recording of the AC Monza feast. “I told the boys,” Berlusconi can be heard, “that you will now play against Milan and Juventus. If you beat one of these top teams, I’ll bring a bus full of whores to the dressing room.”
“Bunga Bunga” – Berlusconi
Among the outraged: Senator Daniela Sbrollini (51) from the opposition party Italia Viva. She condemned the “usual misogynistic language of Berlusconi”. His “tasteless joke” makes you “speechless”.
Berlusconi always seems to have had a very personal sense of humor and an odd relationship with sex. The often turgid, four-time prime minister of Italy and interim minister of foreign affairs, economy and health for the country was accused in 2011 of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notorious “bunga bunga” parties. Berlusconi was acquitted. A judge believed he didn’t know she was a minor.
Incidentally, Berlusconi is again part of the government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (46), which has been in office for 100 days – as a coalition partner with his party Forza Italia. (kes)