Wednesday December 29 2010
Garrone: 'Cassano was a prima donna'

Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone notes he will “miss Antonio Cassano, but he was a prima donna and rules must be respected.”

The patron took legal action to have the player's contract terminated for insubordination following a blazing row at the end of October.

The tribunal ruled Cassano would be suspended until February 1 without pay and forced to halve his wages. He has now joined Milan on loan.

“I always called Cassano a prima donna and that is how he had to be treated, which included closing an eye every now and then when faced with some of his ‘moments.'

“We did it because we believed in him and knew how important Antonio was on the field and for the fans. We will miss him,” Garrone told the official club website.

“However, there are rules that need to be respected and limits we must stand by. A team is made up of 35 people and is dealt with seven days a week to keep the balance. If the side becomes unbalanced, that risks compromising the team spirit and without that you won't get anywhere.”

The move to Milan had originally been held up by the €5m owed to previous club Real Madrid, but the player and both clubs contributed to the sum.

“Dignity is priceless,” explained President Garrone. “This is why I decided to contribute to those €5m handed to Real Madrid.

“The transfer market also has a social function, it has to teach lessons to everybody, especially children and young people. Faced with what happened on October 26, we had to send out a strong signal.”

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