Cagliari President Massimo Cellino claims he makes a profit from his club “and anyone who doesn’t is an inefficient idiot.”
The football world is full of debts at the very highest level, but the Sardinians are one of the few in Serie A running on an even keel.
“I earn money with football and anyone who doesn’t is an inefficient idiot,” Cellino told Radio Radio.
“Only fools who let themselves get caught up in emotions or the fear their fans will protest end up doing things they simply cannot afford to do.
“My club makes a profit and will do the same next year. In previous years football could be considered a hobby, but not any more.
“In the past Massimo Moratti lost so much money with Inter, but he can’t afford to do that any more. It is his duty.”
More will have to follow Cellino’s example when UEFA introduce the financial fair play rules.
The Cagliari patron had a failed attempt to buy out West Ham United last year.
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