Thursday June 7 2018
Berlusconi: ‘Milan rumours ridiculous’

Silvio Berlusconi’s son brands rumours his father is the power behind the Milan throne as “a joke”.

An investigation by Rai 3 investigative programme Report on Monday looked into the takeover by Yonghong Li, who was financed by US hedge fund Elliott Management.

Report were particularly intrigued by the presence of a company called Blue Skye in the financing of the Milan takeover, as their leaders Gianluca D’Avanzo and Salvatore Cerchione are based in London with very strong links to previous Rossoneri patron Silvio Berlusconi.

They were also both on the Board of Directors of a company called SOPAF with ex-Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.

That has led to suggestions that Il Cavaliere is the real power behind the throne, despite ostensibly selling the club in April 2017.

“I think these rumours are a joke,” Pier Silvio Berlusconi told reporters at the presentation of the Mediaset schedules.

“They make me laugh to say the least. Fininvest has already responded, these rumours are ridiculous. I haven’t spoken with my father about Milan for months.

“I hope Milan can restart with [Gennaro] Gattuso, I think he’s done a great job. That opinion is always half made up of the technical level and the person, but Gattuso was part of our Milan and is a great person.”

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