Tuesday June 26 2018
Save Milan - again

A year later and Milan are right back where they started, if not in an even worse position, and Susy Campanale can't believe some didn't see it coming.

I wonder how far it will take some people to admit they got it wrong? Every warning about Yonghong Li and the many question marks around his takeover of Milan from Silvio Berlusconi was dismissed with anything from snide remarks to virulent abuse. How long can you keep your head buried in the sand before you suffocate?

I shouldn’t be surprised. We are in an era where even facts cannot change an opinion, no matter how obviously and objectively wrong it is. Where people are open to accepting just about any breach of decorum and common sense as long as we are cheering on our team. I was never one for blind loyalty, as that tends to lead you off a cliff. I look at the situation and then make up my own mind. Sadly, fewer and fewer do the same.

Anyone who needs a high-interest loan from a well-known vulture fund just to complete the closing after months of delays is going to raise questions. It is not unpatriotic for a Milanista to look critically at the situation and ask questions. In football, we feel as if we are one group of people united under a flag, the club colours, the universal language of football. That can tempt us into overlooking the negatives that will ultimately damage our beloved side, but we must protect and preserve the essence of our identity. The reason we support this team in the first place. Otherwise, we may as well be glory-hunters and there is no greater insult to a football fan than that.

Sticking with your club through thick and thin, the bad times and the good, does not mean staying silent as the whole shebang careens out of control towards a dead end. You speak up. You state the truth. You don’t insult someone else who raises a hand and asks if maybe we should take a turning right about now.

You can complain that Financial Fair Play rules are illogical and implemented in a ridiculous way that allows Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United to spend freely, but that’s not the point. They have access to revenue streams the Rossoneri can only dream of. Are Milan being hard done by? Probably. Are they being used to set an example to 'bigger' clubs? Yes. Is Yonghong Li a reliable steward of this glorious club and its history? Absolutely not.

He scraped by with loans from who knows which tax haven in the Caribbean to keep increasing the capital, but finally failed to make the deadline for €32m. The fact this happened mere days before the UEFA FFP ruling will presumably embolden the ruling body in the belief they made the right decision by clamping down.

Negotiations are in full swing for the sale to a US billionaire – a proper one, not the supposed rich Chinese businessman whose offices were empty save for some half-eaten food and an eviction notice – but it comes too late. Yonghong Li had ample opportunity to sell the club or even bring in other investors, and by all accounts turned them down so he could maintain control in the desperate hope something might change in future. We never even got to the October deadline to repay €303m (plus €77m in interest) to Elliott Management, as he folded well before the inevitable collapse.

It’s amusing to see the usual ‘you’re all jealous ‘cos Juventus didn’t win the Champions League’ crowd suddenly cheering on Rocco Commisso. With no hint of irony, let alone an apology for their previous statements, they now call for Yonghong Li to pass the baton to someone more reliable. What do they think we’ve been doing for the past year?! There’s no ulterior motive, there never was, other than what was best for Italian football and for Milan.

Milan deserve better than this. Milanisti deserve better than this. Let’s not forget the campaign that fans were running before Berlusconi bailed out: Save Milan. That is all that matters.

Have your say...
My perspective a year ago was to say "enjoy it while it lasts" since I knew our owners were extremely sketchy, but also knew there was nothing I could do about it.
on the 1st July, 2018 at 9:43pm
(part 3)

If Commisso does buy Milan, it will mean SB's hand has been forced because the game he was playing hasn't worked out. I imagine Li's attempt to retain a large portion is to give SB the best window to regain Milan when he's ready.

SB will need to secure 51 percent of the shares, so if Li retains 30, that's not a huge leap to get SB back in control.

I guess time will tell all.
on the 30th June, 2018 at 9:05pm
(part 2)
You see, SB is an egotist, and an egotist would never relinquish Milan as he would see it as failure. He staged the sale so that he could clear the toxic debts and improve his own image for the italian elections, with the intention of returning once the election was over.

The problem is that the elections didnt go as planned and now SB is stuck not being able to do anything about milan, and the whole thing has become a farce.
on the 30th June, 2018 at 9:03pm
For what it's worth, here's my insane thoughts on Milan (part 1)

It's my opinion Silvio Berlusconi still 'owns' Milan, although by proxy through Mr. Li. Here's why.

Li is a pawn in a much bigger game. He came from nowhere, with no realistic way of ever owning Milan. When Li's 'own' bits of money filter through, it's probably supplied by SB using various illicit channels. I imagine SB also advised Mr. Li to use Elliott as a stop-gap solution.
on the 30th June, 2018 at 9:02pm
Last time Juve won an european tite the italian currency
was lira, Bill Cinton was american president, and Donnarumma wasnt even born.

Juve fans under the age of 30 have no clue about winning CL.

But they experienced Juve in Serie B vs Albinoleffe.
Now thats an empty feeling!

Milan fans are quiet now because their club is in absolute shambles and on the verge of collapse

Enjoy the ban and watching us play CL on tv.
on the 29th June, 2018 at 12:32pm
Paolo I think your heavenly state must drug induced because it's been nearly a decade since Inter won anything or had any relevance in Europe. Infact, if watching your hated Juve win the title 7 years on trot is heavenly, one can only conclude you've given up all hope of actual success on the field.
Must be an empty feeling.
You see how no Milan fans are rejoicing in recent mediocre campaigns? That's because unlike Inter, Milan is a club that only celebrates when it wins on the field.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 6:05pm

Buy refs? Still using that excuse for being a complete loser. Did you like that karma, you said we never win in Europe and then your pathetic team get banned from the Europa league ha ha.

Juve are superior to Milan in every possible way. Don’t be jealous.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 5:29pm
it sucks that milan is sanctioned a good club like this should have never suffered form the consequences. what suprises me is the inter fans, dont you see this damages the whole league. Hell no wonder they a such a low mentality all they want is other to lose. focus on winning yourself no wonder all you amount to is a constant 7th league finish, YOur club wont rise above it.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 3:32pm
@ Maldini's heir, you can be happy about not having to worry about the EL and focus on Serie A. But surely you have to be worried about the completely unsustainable finances of Milan. Going bankrupt is a real threat. UEFA aren't punishing Milan for the sake of it, it is because they have completely unsustainable finances.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 12:20pm
I wonder if Bonucci is still hungry...
on the 28th June, 2018 at 12:17pm
Milan next year will not even be playing in Serie A. Elliot Management will start selling everything they can to recoup their money and Milan will end up bankrupt by Christmas/January.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 7:44am
I have been in heaven ever since Juve got relegated and Inter won the treple.

Try winning CL or see the club you detest the most get relegated then you will know the feeling.
But you wont cause youre a Juve fan lol.

Viktor, I would love to call out Milan for being dependent on a player too but you have no good players and ended 6th.

Congrats on Fassone and Li, the finance gurus. It was a great idea to spend 65 million on Kalinic and Silva.

Enjoy the ban!
on the 28th June, 2018 at 4:27am
Nainggolan the best MF in the league?? hahahaha.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 2:30am

why selling you the best players, you can just buy refs in serie alike you always do, and also you will always suck in europ so it doesn't really matter.
on the 28th June, 2018 at 1:50am

bahahah you're delusional.. best midfielder in the league?? mocked you for skrinar? Rodriguez? Mate, without Icardi you would be absolutely nothing. Let's see if you can keep him.

There is only one team in Milan and its black and red.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 10:17pm
@Paolo - "Meanwhile we just signed the best midfielder in the league and are ready for CL." - not only the league, but the whole world, Modric and Kroos have nothing on him /s
on the 27th June, 2018 at 9:23pm
Milan are such a joke. In fact all Italian teams are except Juve. Every Italian team should beg the Juve owners to teach them how to run a club. In return they should have to sell their best players to us whenever we ask for them.

Having said that Juve made a stupid mistake not signing Iniesta.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 8:08pm
As a Juve fan it hurts to see Milan destroyed. Hopefully Milan will be sold to a rich owner, not a fraud. And hopefully they will get a modern 60.001 seater stadium too.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 7:36pm
Well I am happy to see Milan rot in mediocrity of hell forever but it have to be due to results on the field.

Perhaps FIGC could relegated /demoted them to Serie B as an additional punishment for the whole mess.

To see once-a-big-club crumbling on its knees (Milan was already half dead when Yonghong Li bought them with money from loan shark) due to corporate disaster like this isn't good for Serie A. Yet another negative limelight to be exploited by non-Italian media after the Calciopoli.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 5:19pm
All in all I couldnt care about a 1 year ban from EL, means we can focus on the league and getting top 4 which this squad is capable of doing and wouldve done so last year if it wasn't for losses to Benevento etc. If Li has no money then in October Elliot steps in and most likely we are sold to a new owner with actual money. Li may have been a necessary step to get us out of Silvio's mess. If we do nothing in this window then I would be happy, we need a LW but not losing anyone is more important
on the 27th June, 2018 at 1:02pm
@viktor - Paolo has been in heaven ever since the statute of limitations kicked in. now he doesn't even have to keep his eyes closed to the truth any longer and can just pretend that it never happened and he's in heaven.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 12:18pm
Rocco Commisso... hmm, looks like Milan might get embroiled in some of the stuff that Juve was involved in..
on the 27th June, 2018 at 10:09am
The rivalry is excacty about mocking each other.
One year ago Milan fans mocked us for signing Skriniar when they got Bonucci.

They mocked us for not getting Ricardo Rodriguez.

One year later and their beloved club is on the verge of collapse and is being treated by their owners solely as a business-model.

Meanwhile we just signed the best midfielder in the league and are ready for CL.

Everythings perfect at Appiano Gentile!
on the 27th June, 2018 at 10:05am

Lol Heaven????? How the hell are you in heaven
on the 27th June, 2018 at 9:01am
Paolo, from another Interista, don't be a d*ck.

No team with generations of history deserve to be destroyed by corporate scum who don't care about the heritage or the future of the club.

We are hardly ones to talk or be on our high horses after 6 years absent CL. Get a grip of yourself.

I miss the Milan rivalry against Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Gattuso, Pirlo, Shevi, Crespo, Inzaghi. Not the mediocre crap we've been seeing in recent years. That isnt love for football as a spectacle your approach
on the 27th June, 2018 at 8:44am
Greetings from Inter. Just want to wish all mianisti a happy wednesday and congratulate you on your FIFA ban and fine. FORZA LI, your owner that dont give a damn about you. FORZA KALINIC always Meanwhile Nainggolan is coming to Appiano Gentile and we are in the Champions League. Heaven and hell in the same city.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 5:01am
Author, we were all in the dark regarding his finances and it only made sense that he would have it all planned out before splashing 700m+ on a club in such a dire position, so forgive them for being optimistic, especially after the spending spree. You made your assumptions, based on lack of information of course, and so did the fans, everyone had questions, some had hope, maybe not you, but that doesn't make you right or them wrong. Everyone had concerns, not just you.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 4:52am
Now Li magically found his €32 million. Washing it took longer then expected. Bye Bye Rocco.
on the 27th June, 2018 at 2:26am
@MaldiniHeir Fair enough but I think there are degrees to which people are hypocritical therefore the term is still valid and useful for certain situations

@Joeyjoejoe (sweet name btw) I hear your general point but I don't think my criticism of Susy is unfair. The content is free yes but Susy is a professional with a platform who is being paid to write and I would think the writers appreciate fair criticism from their audience and customers.
I'd love to write my own articles and maybe one day
on the 27th June, 2018 at 12:05am
@ joey joe joe shabadoo @PrimoCalcio The thing I find more irritating than virtue signalling is free content. Is there a reason Football Italia don't charge for content? I presume some of these writers are paid and there are costs in maintaining this website. And advertising Thai brides is not the same as charging for content. Once the machines take over all we'll have is our creativity. It might be nice if we charged for it.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 11:36pm

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