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Galliani: “We’ll appeal San Siro closure to every possible court”

According to AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani, the Milan side will go “to every possible tribunal” in their fight against the decision to order the club to play one match behind closed doors following ‘insulting’ chants by their fans.

“I hope that the stadium will be full for the Udinese game,” Galliani said during the press conference to announce AC Milan’s extended deal with kit manufacturer Adidas. “Without going into too much detail all I can say is that we will take our appeal against the decision to close our stadium to every possible tribunal. Before speaking to you I spoke to our club lawyer, Leandro Cantamessa. He told me to say ‘to every possible tribunal’, so, I say ‘to every possible tribunal’!”

The FIGC made the decision to make Milan play one home game behind closed doors following anti-Neapolitan chants by Rossoneri fans at the weekend, chants that authorities deemed to be “territorial discrimination”.

“I understand the need for regulations against racism, but the regulations regarding territorial discrimination need to be abolished: all club presidents are in agreement with me and I’ve already called Abete, the President of the FIGC, to let him know. He assured me they will look into the situation” added Galliani

Galliani told journalists following the decision to close the San Siro for the game against Udinese on 19 October. It’s a decision the AC Milan official described as “having no justification”.

According to the AC Milan CEO

“the chants weren’t even audible. Last night [Sunday 6 October] not one single newspaper or TV station made any mention of the chants, as probably there weren’t any. They were apparently only heard by a handful of members of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. Perhaps they heard them when they were visiting the bathroom, or the bar, or who knows where…! I was at Juventus Stadium and I heard lots of chants against Balotelli, but nothing else.”