Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone reveals he “still cares for Antonio Cassano and he is an unhappy man. The penalty was severe.”
The patron had tried to terminate Cassano's contract due to insubordination following a blazing row, but the tribunal ruled this week that there were no grounds to do so.
Instead the player is suspended without pay until February 1 and will then have his wages halved to the end of his contract.
“I have cared for Cassano and still do. It's a shame he is so fragile,” explained Garrone on Sky Sport Italia.
“Some people measure their happiness on how much they earn, but that is not the case. Cassano is an unhappy man.
“The penalty inflicted on him was very severe and under-rated. Halving your wages is not something to be sniffed at, as this is a lot of money.
“There are no winners or losers in this situation and I don't want to declare victory. I cared for Cassano and still do. I feel sorry for his weaknesses.”
There are strong reports the player is already set for a transfer to Milan.
“I won't say anything. I will only confirm what I already said in my statement, that the club will comment on the possible return of the player to the squad in the next few days.”