Friday July 28 2017
Fassone threatens Roma ‘confrontation’

Marco Fassone has hit back at Roma, saying Milan are “ready for a confrontation” with the Giallorossi over their balance sheets.

It comes after Roma President James Pallotta made controversial remarks about the manner in which Milan’s recent takeover by Li Yonghong was funded.

“Dear Mr Pallotta, we’re ready for a confrontation on the balance sheets of Milan and Roma,” the CEO explained in a video posted on the Rossoneri’s official Facebook page.

“We were stunned when reading his declarations this morning, firstly for their tone.

“It’s unusual, at least in Italy, to see a club attack another so directly, with this terminology.

“Secondly, for the inaccuracies contained in them: my immediate reaction was one of being stunned to hear that Milan’s owners didn’t have the money to buy the club.

“Furthermore, he mentioned completely-wrong figures: everyone knows that the part relative to the Elliott fund in financing the purchase of the club is €180m out of a club worth €740m.

“I repeat: inaccuracies on one part and tone on the other are, at the very least, questionable.

“I don’t know what was meant when he said we’d ‘pay for the consequences’. I don’t know whether it was a threat or not.

“We issued a €50m bond exclusively for the [transfer] campaign this summer, and we’re well below the consumption of this bond.

“We have formulated multi-year plans, which have been presented to a quality board and also UEFA.

“It’s all publicly available, I’ll be able to show [our plans] calmly to President Pallotta, but if they’re threats [on Pallotta’s part], I’ll return them to sender.

“The accusation of Milan losing their heads concerned me. Us directors are rational and calculated, each investment made is calculated and based on the fact that we plan to settle them with additional revenues.

“The players we’ve signed have added value to the club, our assets are the players: they‘re young, prosperous and they have great potential.

“These declarations shook me up a bit: if Pallotta wants, I’ll be more than happy to compare our balance sheets with those of Roma.”

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