Wednesday April 21 2021
Maldini: 'I found out on Sunday night'

Milan technical director Paolo Maldini revealed he ‘was not involved in discussions’ regarding the breakaway Super League. ‘I want to apologise to the fans’.

The Rossoneri were one of three Serie A clubs announcing to have joined the Super League on April 18, but Milan director Maldini apologised to the Diavolo fans, saying he knew nothing of it.

“I want to specify that I was not involved in discussions regarding the Super League,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.

“I found out about it on Sunday night, after the joint statement from the other clubs. This was obviously decided at a higher level in the club than my own position. I felt a bit confused.

“That doesn’t rule me out of taking responsibility for apologising to the fans, not just the Milan fans, but in general football fans, who felt betrayed by the principles of sport that we as Milan have always respected.

“It’s something I feel the need to say. Naturally, the director of a big club in 2021 knows that revenue is important, that sustainability is important. So we need to ask ourselves if we can learn from this situation, can we learn where we can push ourselves to?

“We certainly cannot push past the values of sport and of meritocracy, which are made of dreams.”

Maldini was asked how the players can focus on a big game against Sassuolo this evening after the chaotic last few days?

“It might seem funny now, but we are here challenging for the top four, after seven years at last to get into the Champions League. That is the objective we need the lads to focus on."