Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2013

AC Milan vice-president wants territorial discrimination rule removed

Adriano Galliani - AC MilanAfter being ordered to play their next match at the San Siro against Udinese behind closed doors, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani wants the new rules that allows partial or full stadium closures for territorial discrimination not just racial chanting ended.

While the Rossoneri will appeal the ban the 69-year-old reiterated that Serie A are the only league in Europe to enforce such sanctions for territorial chanting and closures to stadiums just further harms clubs already struggling to fill them to capacity.

“I understand that racism is a big problem, a worldwide one, however, territorial discrimination is something different,” Galliani told Tuttomercatoweb.

“The rule on this needs to be abolished. All of the presidents are in agreement with that and I’ve already called Italian Football Federation chief Giancarlo Abete to tell him that.

“The chants were not even heard. No newspapers or television stations heard it, probably because there was nothing there.

“I was at the Juventus Stadium and I just heard a lot of chants about Mario Balotelli and nothing else.

“The next time it happens the game will be awarded to the opposition and they’ll want a points penalty too.

“If 50 people get together then they can kill a club with racial or territorial discrimination chants.

“I don’t understand why this rule is only in Italy, because in Europe we talk only about racial discrimination. It makes no sense to close a stadium when they are already outdated and half empty.”

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Kevin Pogorzelski

- My interest in Italian football began with the broadcasting of Football Italia in the early 90's, turning to infatuation with the Champions League victories of AC Milan, Paolo Maldini an all-time hero, and Juventus in 1994 and 1996. With no allegiance to any Italian side in particuar I have a strange fascination with Genoa since witnessing them beat my beloved Liverpool in the 1992 UEFA Cup. The last two decades following the reds have strangely seen frequent contests against Italian opposition. Also writing for thefootballmagazine.com, you can follow me on Twitter: @rabbitrabbiton

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  1. The Boy says:

    How hard would it be for 50fans to dress up as an opposing teams fans and yell racist chants to get an opposing team in trouble?
    Not very.

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