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Italy: Mussolini's great-grandson plays football for Lazio youth team

Romano Floriani Mussolini, the great-grandson of Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, is playing football for the under-19 team of the Serie A club S.S. Lazio.

The 18-year-old, son of right-wing Italian politician Alessandra Mussolini, plays in the right-back position for the 'Primavera' sector and has aspirations for a future career as a professional footballer.

Romano, who is completing his final year at a private British international school in north Rome, plays under his full surname, Floriani Mussolini.

Rome newspaper Il Messaggero has suggested that his "cumbersome" surname could be problematic for a football club whose fans have long been stereotyped as right-wing.

However despite his name and family background, Romano has no interest in politics - according to his mother - who said that her son only thinks of football.

Photo Il Messaggero

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