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...
@ PrimoCalcio You see why I hate the term? Because we all do it so you just get into circular arguments. Same with hypocrite. All humans are hypocritical so telling someone they're a hypocrite is like pointing out that they have a face. Both are used to play the man not the ball. I agreed with the rest of your comment.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 11:33pm
Finally, an article from Milan fan to shut up her fellow pathetic idiotic brainwashed Milan fans from humiliate them selves by speaking BS about PSG and Financial Fair Play, a case that they don't know (or don't want to know) much about it. Very much alike their cousins concerning Farsopoli.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 7:13pm
Mobster owner. Bravo.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 6:53pm
Yes, there can be an endless loop of virtue signalling. But an easy way to stop that loop would be to post your own short article in the comments with the points you outlined. Instead of criticising Susy's work, why not put forward your own. You could add something more valuable to the comments than unfair criticism of a writer whose work is valued by people who enjoy reading the FREE content on this site. I would genuinely like to read your idea for an article, it sounded interesting
on the 26th June, 2018 at 6:04pm
@MaldiniHeir Do you realize you virtue signaled by pointing out my virtue signalling which was a criticism of Susy's virtue signalling? This can go on forever.
Don't think it's hypocritical to give an opinion on Susy's writing. I am not first nor the last to do so as many Inter fans already dislike her for her obvious biases.

Feel free to criticize, that's what a forum is for.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 5:00pm
all these new ownership and none of them are making the commitment to build a new stadium. with the revenue from the stadium it would go along way in paying wages of top players and owner wont have to keep injecting new capital into the transfer campaign and paying wages. as you can see even billionaires get into difficulty and lose money. all these new owners need to commit to building a new stadium.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 4:51pm
Palotta from Roma even said it!!!!! and people got mad!!!!
on the 26th June, 2018 at 2:09pm
@Maldini's heir wow finally some positivity from you, thought i'd never see the day.

Honestly couldn't care about being banned from EL, but 2 seasons would hurt us as we may achieve top 4 if our squad sticks together and we only have the league to focus on. A transfer embargo wouldn't be the worst outcome but we really do need a LW.

If we are sold to the Americans then things should be looking up, if they're rich we will probably not have to sell our players and this is positive.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 1:16pm
Does Commisso own a stake in Juventus as well? I know he's a big fan and his dream is to one day be the largest minority stake holder in the club, that's why i'm asking.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 10:01am
It's still better than post-2010 Berlusconi
on the 26th June, 2018 at 9:31am
I agree very much with Banko's comments about the club's former president. There is something bitterly ironic in the way that Silvio Berlusconi has managed to mess everything up – including even the sale of the club. It seems to me that he remains the one most responsible for this predicament.

One can only hope that something materialises from the reports of Commisso or another more reliable party taking over the club. The Yonghong Li presidency was always a disaster waiting to happen.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 8:39am
@ PrimoCalcio You realised you virtue signalled by accusing someone else of virtue signalling? Worst term in the English language (after hypocrite).
on the 26th June, 2018 at 7:40am
The most concerning thing is Fassone and Mirabelli expressing surprise at the inevitable. Doesn't fill me with confidence in their planning skills. The reason we got into this mess is because fans and the media demanded Milan spend billions of Euros on the side show that is the transfer market. Well maybe Milan for once won't contribute to the 5,000 or so footballers that will be randomly bought and sold this summer in just Serie A.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 7:38am
Hopefully Commiso will buy Milan and build a modern 60.001 seater arena.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 7:37am
I'm honestly not that bothered. Sure I'd like a solvent owner but the answers to Milan's problems are not going to come from the transfer market or some gazillionaire owner. I've said before that, provided we don't lose anyone, a transfer embargo could be a blessing in disguise. Hell a ban from the Europa League would give us an advantage in the league. We finished 8 points off 4th. That's exactly the number of points we dropped to the two bottom teams in the league. We're not far off.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 7:33am
And what exactly was the remit for Galliani and Gandini who both ran for the hills and surely knew the score? And what of Fassone and Mirabelli who are little more than recycled stooges who went scouring for young talent .. and couldn't reel in a legitimate striker? I feel for Gattuso, who must be wondering how much of this squad won't get sold in a fire sale once the dust settles in Switzerland.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 4:35am
We may never know the details of the Milan sale from Silvio Berlusconi to whatever racket that was concocted as some money laundering operation from an offshore tax haven. Rest assured, this belongs at the feet of our legendary president who often bragged about how he saved the Rossoneri from the brink of bankruptcy only to leave it in the hands of a hedge fund. The mistakes of the past are real, as is the farce left for UEFA and the asset strippers to consider - for now, fear what happens next.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 4:27am
into a self-sustainable soccer club. It will take time, but that's what Milan needs to be if it is to survive in the modern era.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 2:15am
Of course, PSG has shady dealing with the owner pumping out money behind the curtain, but Man. Utd is a sound business. They make a ton of money and they should be able to spend it.

All the candidate new owners are Americans, these are not the old Italian owners that just paid for the loss. These guys are all sound businessmen who want to make money. Whoever becomes the eventual owner, Milan is going to see a change, but for the good. It will take time, but the new owner will transform Milan t
on the 26th June, 2018 at 2:13am
Very sad to see a historic club like Milan in this unclear condition. From a club once called "A dream team", turns into a mediocrity both in prestige and economical sense.

Being banned by Uefa for competing in Europe is unthinkable and just make the situation worse.

Hopefully, Commiso will eventually buy Milan as He is a real rich man (including in Forbes 400 rich people in the world) unlike yonghong Li who cant even pay 32 m euro, (how milan management trust this chinese anyway!).

I really hope this dark Milan situation will end and they can start new era with new credible owner. We miss Milan in the past who were admirable both in italy and europe. Come on Milan go back to where you belong!
on the 26th June, 2018 at 12:43am
PrimoCalcio talking about "Susy's usual condescending tone" without any sense of self-awareness...Maybe finish your brainstorming session before offering dishing out criticism.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 12:07am
The idea is good but I think the article could have done without the virtue signalling and Susy's usual condescending tone.
In fact, maybe instead of writing 8 paragraphs of "I told you so" to some small group of people who don't understand finance, this article might have provided a time-line of events? or maybe predictions for the future? what this means for the Milan squad/market? or an analysis of FFP in relation to Milan? Just brainstorming here
on the 25th June, 2018 at 11:27pm

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