Former Italian Prime Minister and AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi gets four year sentence

Claudio Villa

Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion. Should AC Milan celebrate?

Current AC Milan owner and -- possibly more significantly, to those who aren't addicted to calcio -- former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted of tax evasion. The court in Milan has sentenced him to four years in prison. He will also have to pay a €10m fine.

The details are unknown at this time, but they're rather fun to speculate upon. For instance, what sort of jail sentence is this, really? Is Silvio going to be thrown in with the common criminals, or will he simply wear an ankle monitor while he continues with his hedonistic lifestyle? You have to think it's closer to the latter.

And will the sentence -- and the hefty fine -- have repercussions for Milan? The club is already in trouble, having to sell off its highest paid players in order to make ends meet. With no money to replace those players, the rossoneri sit in 15th in Serie A, and have collected just four points in Champions League play. Milan need one of those high-spending oil barons, stat. With Berlusconi out of the way, finding a patron just might be easier.

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