The poor performance by Italian clubs in Europe last season has caused the Italia football federation (IFF) to change the rules. Effectively immediately, each club in Serie A will be allowed to sign a second non-EU player.
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been suspended for four UEFA matches by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, following incidents that took place at last Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg against Tottenham Hotspur FC in Italy.
The Control and Disciplinary body ruled that Gattuso had assaulted the Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Joe Jordan after the match.
Gattuso, who was also cautioned in the 76th minute of the game, is already suspended for the return leg of the UEFA Champions League tie against Tottenham after receiving three yellow cards. Consequently, the four-match suspension applies to the next four UEFA club competition matches for which he would be eligible.
UEFA’s disciplinary panel will hear the case against Gattuso and Milan, which is responsible for its players’ behavior, next Monday.
Gattuso apologized for butting Spurs assistant Joe Jordan after the final whistle of the last-16 match won 1-0 by Tottenham at the San Siro in Milan on Tuesday.
A new Deloitte report showed that the combined revenues of Europe’s top 20 clubs exceeded 4bn euros (£3.8bn) for the first time in the 2009-10 season, and that four Serie A clubs made its Top 20 list.
AC Milan claimed the the top Serie A spot with revenues of 235.8m euros, passing Inter, even though their city rivals won the treble last year. Here is a snapshot about what Deloitte said about the four Serie A clubs: AC Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma.
t was not that many years ago that Ronaldinho was the best footballer on the planet. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004, 2005. Today he is a shadow of himself, seemingly more interested in disco’s than training.
So it is a bit sad to hear that AC Milan are offering Ronaldinho to anyone who will listen for £7m. Ronaldinho is out of contract at the end of the season and Milan are desperate to try and recoup some of the £15m they paid Barcelona for him three years ago.
Despite the statement from their vice president, Adriano Galliani, saying that Ac Milan will not be purchasing until they sell some of their players, rumors regarding the team’s possible summer signings keeps on flooding. The latest inclusion that hit the Italian media is that the Rossoneri is back on the race to sign Lazio’s midfielder, Cristian Ledesma, who last season has also been linked with the red and black squad.
The Deloitte Football Money League list is based on clubs’ revenue excluding transfer fees
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said:
“All the English clubs were impacted by the continuing depreciation of the pound against the euro and the scale of this is shown by the fact that if exchange rates remained at their June 2007 level, United would be top of the money league table.”
AC Milan were dumped out of the UEFA Cup after throwing away a two-goal lead in their last-32 second-leg clash with Werder Bremen. Having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Germany, there was some pressure on the Italians going into the return match. First-half goals from Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato seemed to set Milan on a smooth path into the next round only for Claudio Pizarro’s brace to put Bremen through on away goals.