San Siro side faithful are not a happy bunch.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has promised to reimburse angry season ticket-holders after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were sold.
On Wednesday, Sweden striker Ibrahimovic followed the highly-rated Brazilian defender Silva to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.
Vocal sections of Milan fans, already disillusioned by the perceived weakening of the squad, have also criticised a club poster that advertised season-ticket renewals by featuring the now departed duo.
On Saturday, Italian consumer society Codacons went as far as to threaten a class action against the Serie A runners-up.
Representative Marco Maria Donzelli told Il Giorno: “We intend to collect applications from fans who want to cancel their season tickets with Milan and get a full refund.
“It is clear that a fan subscribes to the campaign in order to see their team’s star players, and then these stars are sold.
“They have every right to claim their money back.
“It is like a circus advertising elephants and lions on the ticket and then there aren’t any.”
SOURCE: Fox Sports
Whilst it’s a little odd to think of AC Milan as a circus and elephants and lions as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you can see what this supporters representative it getting at. However one wonders if in general terms such a legal case would hold any water.
For instance if an Arsenal fan who had purchased a season ticket and then witnessed a Robin Van Persie sale, would he/she be able to successfully claim for a refund for his purchase? Also would such a claim be as easy to justify if Marouane Chamakh remained at the club? Probably not.
Either way the Rossoneri faithful will not have been happy by the way owner Silvio Berlusconi has offloaded arguably the club’s two biggest stars, especially as such sales come in the wake of AC Milan surrendering their Serie A title to arch rivals Juventus.
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