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Berlusconi pleased to offload 'rotten apple' Balotelli

Berlusconi claims he never wanted to sign Balotelli. Credit: PA

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has described Mario Balotelli as a "rotten apple" during his time at the club, and claims he never wanted to sign the Liverpool striker.

"I remember he was bought against my advice," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have many champions: Menez, Honda, El Shaarawy, Torres, De Jong.

"The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room."

Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan for £16m in August, but he's failed to live up to manager Brendan Rodgers' expectations so far, scoring just once in eight appearances.

Italian court overturns Berlusconi conviction

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal against a conviction for paying an underage prostitute for sex.

Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal in Milan. Credit: Reuters

The Milan court threw out the guilty verdict handed down by a lower tribunal last year, which had sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in jail.

Berlusconi was accused of paying for sex with former nightclub dancer Kharima El Mahroug when she was under 18, and of abusing his authority to get her released from police custody over unrelated theft accusations.

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Silvio Berlusconi starts work at old people's home

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has begun his first day of community service at an old people's home near Milan.

The 77-year-old must spend a year working four hours a week at the Sacred Family Foundation as part of his sentence for tax fraud.

Silvio Berlusconi outside the old people's home near Milan where he will be doing community service. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

He was originally sentenced to four years in prison but a judge watered down his sentence to a year's community service.

After completing the first six months the sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 months.

Berlusconi to start community service at nursing home

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is expected to start his community service at a nursing home, after being sentenced for tax fraud.

Silvio Berlusconi set to begin his community service at a care home. Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/PA

The 77-year-old media tycoon must spend four hours a week in the care home in Milan as part of a one-year tax fraud sentence.

After completing the first six months the sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 months.

Court: Berlusconi to work at a center for the elderly

A court in Milan ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must visit a centre for the elderly at least once a week as he serves a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi . Credit: Press Association Images

The court also set travel restrictions for Berlusconi. The prominent 77-year-old politician will not be allowed to travel outside the Lombardy region where he has his principal residence except for trips to Rome from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

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Berlusconi may serve jail term caring for the elderly

Silvio Berlusconi may serve a one-year tax fraud sentence working in a care home for the elderly.

Judges will tomorrow start examining a proposal by Italy's social services agency that could see the former prime minister working at a home just once a week, judicial sources have told Reuters.

Silvio Berlusconi at a press conference in November of last year Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Press Association Images

Berlusconi was convicted last year in connection to tax fraud at Mediaset, a TV company that he owns.

Although he was initially sentenced to four years, his sentence was commuted to just one, with jail ruled out because of the 77-year-old's age.

Italy set to swear in youngest leader in history

Within weeks of being elected as leader of Italy's most powerful political organisation, the centre-left Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi is set to become the country's Prime Minister.

Despite not even being an MP, The Mayor of Florence has been asked to form Italy's next government and is claiming a mandate to enact an ambitious series of reforms.

After almost no reform in Italy for a decade, Renzi is promising constitutional reform by the end of February, jobs reform in March, public administration reform in April and tax reform in May.

Is he the start of a brave new era in Italian politics? ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Berlusconi: Accord will 'simplify the political system'

Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi said he and Silvio Berlusconi were "in tune", agreeing on the need for an electoral law that "favours governability and a bi-polar system, and eliminates the blackmail power of the smallest parties".

Berlusconi said the accord would "consolidate the largest parties and simplify the political system".

PM Enrico Letta, whose relations with Renzi have sometimes been tense, said the accord was "going in the right direction" towards electoral reform, which would need parliamentary approval.

Both Berlusconi and Renzi also favour a reform of the upper house Senate so that it does not merely duplicate the work of the lower house Chamber of Deputies as well as changes to the governing structure of Italy's regions and provinces.

Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi returns to politics

The controversial former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the political scene after a tax fraud conviction, striking a deal with the leader of the largest centre-left party on electoral reform that could give Italy badly needed stability.

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Press Association Images

But the Saturday night agreement between 77-year-old Berlusconi, still head of the centre-right Forza Italia party he founded, and Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi has divided the governing coalition.

Smaller parties in the coalition of Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who also belongs to the PD, are irate about such an agreement because they could risk extinction under a new electoral system.

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