Milan speak, Massaro style

Milan speak, Massaro style
Daniele Massaro was a part of two great AC Milan sides
He earned 15 caps for Italy and was part of the squad that won the 1982 World Cup in such stunning fashion. Now the public relations manager of Milan, who arrived in Singapore on 6 May 2014, ahead of today’s grand launch of the AC Milan Soccer School here.

He was a part of two great AC Milan sides, the first under Arrigo Sacchi and then Fabio Capello. He earned 15 caps for Italy and was part of the squad that won the 1982 World Cup in such stunning fashion.

Now the public relations manager of Milan, Daniele Massaro arrived in Singapore yesterday, ahead of today's grand launch of the AC Milan Football School here.

In a candid interview with The New Paper yesterday, the much decorated former striker admitted he would think twice about bringing his wife and daughter to a Serie A game these days.

Fan violence marred the Copa Italia final between Napoli and Fiorentina on Sunday, while the spectre of racism continues to haunt the Italian game.

Massaro (right) believes that unless authorities back any talk with concrete action, such problems will continue to plague Italian football.

Racism and fan violence have been long-standing problems in Italian football. Why have they been allowed to persist?

Massaro: In Italy, the authorities talk about hooliganism but in the end, no action is taken. In England, you see families with their children enjoying football matches together in the stadia.

I remember watching on TV Inter Milan fans throwing a motorbike from the third or second level of the stadium a few years back.

That's the problem in Italy. I'm afraid of going to the stadium with my family.

In England, you throw one coin and you're out of the stadium.

The situation is okay there now, but in Italy, the authorities are not strict enough.

You played at a time when Italian football dominated European football, but Serie A has been struggling for some time. What's behind the slide?

The first problem is the tax rate. These days in Italy, you pay 60 per cent while in my time it was 45.

In Spain, you pay 30, 34 per cent and in France and England, you have many rich presidents.

If you are a top player and had to choose between Liverpool and AC Milan, it's a no-brainer if you have to choose between paying 50 per cent more tax and signing for the top team in England.

For me, the Premier League is the top league in all of Europe and I like it because the mentality of the players is different.

In Serie A, only one team has money to spend on building a good team in the summer and that's Juventus.

They've won the league for the last three years and they own their stadium.

For clubs like Milan, it's difficult because the club don't own the stadium.

It makes a big difference. Just look at Manchester United for example - they made around 70 million euros from commercial revenue only.

It's very easy for teams like Paris St Germain or Manchester City or Chelsea to put in money to make the best team while it's tough for teams like Milan, where we've only just broken even in our last financial report after years of losses.

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