Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Milan's Adriano Galliani Responds To Paolo Maldini Claims

The club have told Maldini that they didn't take action against protesting Ultras in an attempt to avoid making the incident worse...

Milan have wasted no time in responding to Paolo Maldini's 'lack of support' claims following the treatment he received from Ultras on his San Siro farewell.

The legendary captain hit out at the Rossoneri chiefs in an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport. Maldini accused the club of failing to protect him when they declined to take action against an Ultras group displaying an offensive banner towards him during Milan's 3-2 defeat by Roma.

The whole fiasco has caused a predictable storm of criticism, and Galliani has jumped in to defend his actions with an open letter to the captain which has been published on the club's official website.

The letter reads:

"Dear Paolo,

"I read your interview and I understand your sadness. I am under escort, as you know, for two years, because of those who confronted you.

"It was me who took the decision to keep quiet, not only because I was advised, but also because I thought that silence was the best weapon in order not to give more space to the incident on Sunday.

"Adriano Galliani."

The stopper will finally hang up his boots after Sunday's match with Fiorentina.

Salvatore Landolina,