Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion this morning, and ordered to pay a 10 million euro fine. If you know anything about the Italian criminal justice system, you'll know the likelihood of him actually sleeping in a cell is about on par with Milan's chances of winning the treble this year. But this spells the end of his political career, as well as putting the breaks on his corporate reign of terror. When you consider the fact that Silvio only really got into politics so that he could pass laws prohibiting Italy from prosecuting him for his many, many crimes, the fact that he's actually been taken to task for anything is amazing.
Even though he built the club into the European powerhouse it became, I know most of my Milan-supporting friends have very complicated, uncomfortable feelings about Berlusconi. It's funny -- we Inter fans like to think of Juve and Moggi as the Evil Empire, and Juventini think of Moratti as being something like a Bond villain. But even if all the worst-case accusations about Moggi and Moratti were true, they wouldn't hold a candle to the things that Berlu has done.
The damage that Berlu has done to Italian society in general is immense, and you can see its effects on calcio pretty clearly. I hope he sells Milan, because I love hating them for purely sporting reasons, not because they have one of the most astoundingly corrupt world leaders of the modern era sitting in the skybox.