Wednesday April 20 2011
Galliani: 'Ibra targeted by referees'

Adriano Galliani insists no top Milan stars will be sold despite a poor financial year and suggests “Zlatan Ibrahimovic is targeted by referees.”

Today's Board of Directors meeting confirmed that the club ran at a loss of €69.7m in 2010, a massive increase from the €9.8m in 2009.

“Milan are forced to reduce costs and that includes the wage bill, but we won't raise funds by selling big players,” said the Vice-President.

“It is difficult to increase income, partly due to the possible change of television rights distribution, therefore we must reduce the wage bill and hope the players understand.

“As for Kevin-Prince Boateng, we have a gentleman's agreement with the Genoa directors and I think he'll be bought outright in June.”

Galliani also commented on the news that Ibrahimovic's three-match Serie A ban will stand, as the appeal was rejected today.

“It is pointless saying what I think, as I know it won't help. I continue to see behaviour from other players far more deserving of punishment than what Ibrahimovic did, but they were treated differently.

“Ibra admitted he made a mistake, but he also appears to be targeted by referees.”

The Swede claimed he had been swearing at himself when he lost the ball and not aiming abuse at the assistant referee, but the appeal was rejected.

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