Italian pop star sparks outrage with vile video filmed in war cemetery days before Remembrance Sunday

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AN Italian pop star sparked outrage with a vile rap video filmed in a war cemetery.

Matteo Messore, 22, spouted sick lyrics about the Queen while draped over the headstones of fallen British troops.

Italian pop star Matteo Messore sparked outrage with a vile rap video filmed in a war cemetery

And he posted the shocking clip online days before Remembrance Sunday.

Matteo, who found fame in Italy’s version of The Voice, dressed as a policeman for the film at a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery near Cassino in southern Italy.

It is home to the graves and memorials of 4,000 Allied soldiers who fought in 1944 at Monte Cassino.

More than 55,000 died during the bitter five-month battle to capture a German-held monastery blocking the advance to Rome.

In the clip on YouTube, Matteo is seen vaping and dancing among headstones.

At one point, he rests his hat on a grave and poses between those of Cpl Leslie Bulmer and Pte Evan David Stephens.

The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent regiment pair died in May 1944.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has condemned the footage.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of inappropriate video circulating that was filmed in Cassino War Cemetery.

“We do not believe this was respectful to the war casualties buried in this historic site and have reported this to the authorities and are requesting the video be removed from all platforms.

“These are the final resting place of people who gave their lives for their country, the least we can do is give the respect they deserve.”

Ex-Army chief General Lord Dannatt branded the stunt “highly offensive”.

EXTRAORDINARY BAD TASTE

He said: “It’s in extraordinary bad taste.”

And the British Legion called for all memorials and graves to be treated with the “utmost respect”.

Italian police have pledged to investigate the footage.

A police source said: “It’s quite clearly offensive.”

Historian Roberto Molle said: “This man needs to learn respect. If it wasn’t for the soldiers who are in that cemetery he wouldn’t be free to do what he wants.”

Matteo, known as “Mex the King”, said: “I don’t see what the problem is. Kids go in there all the time to drink beer and smoke a joint.

“I was just making a drill video and thought the location was a good one.

“Even if I said sorry to the Queen, I don’t think she would hear me. I didn’t offend the dead.”

Matteo spouted sick lyrics about the Queen while draped over the headstones of fallen British troops
At one point Matteo rests his hat on a grave and poses between those of Cpl Leslie Bulmer and Pte Evan David Stephens
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has condemned the footage

The cemetery is home to the graves and memorials of 4,000 Allied soldiers who fought in 1944 at Monte Cassino – pictured

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