Lazio youngster Romano Floriani Mussolini, great-grandson of former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, discussed the media furor surrounding him yesterday in an interview earlier today, as reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi).


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At Lazio I am judged only by how I play, not by my surname. I hope to make my debut soon in the Primavera team.

The 18-year-old Italian right back was called up by the Biancocelesti’s Primavera squad for their two matches against AC Milan and Juventus recently, but did not feature in either. He has been a regular part of both the Under-17 and Under-18 squads.


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Yesterday international media were quick to report on Floriani’s arrival to the squad, thrusting the Italian teenager into the spotlight. His mother, Alessandra Mussolini, did not want to comment.