Mario Balotelli is at the centre of a racism storm in Italy, just days after completing his return to his native country with a move to AC Milan.
The former Manchester City striker was described as "negretto di famiglia" - translated as "the family's little n****", by the Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi, younger brother of the club president Silvio.
The comments were made at a political meeting in Monza near Milan, and were caught on video by local reporters. They have since been aired on the website of Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
The comments come at a sensitive time for the club and Italian football, with Milan midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng recently staging a walk-off in a friendly match after being racially abused by a section of supporters. Boateng's actions won praise from Berlusconi senior.
Paolo Berlusconi was attending a rally for a candidate for his brother's right-wing People of Freedom party when he made the comments.
He said: "Okay, we are all off to see the family's little n****. He's a crazy head. All the young ladies are invited as well - you can even have a chance to meet the president (Silvio Berlusconi)."
Balotelli's start to life on the pitch at AC Milan has started well, with the striker scoring twice on his debut against Udineses at the weekend.