Berlusconi threatens not to pay Milan footballers

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Milan, May 20 (IANS) AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi scolded his footballers and threatened not to pay them if they do not get better results, according to a video released by the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Milan finished seventh in the Serie A this season, with 15 wins and 11 losses from 38 games. They won their last Serie A title in the 2010-11 season, reports Efe.

Milan, the most successful club in European history after Real Madrid, have not played in UEFA Champions League in the last two years.

They face record Serie A champions Juventus in the Coppa Italia final on Saturday.

“We cannot keep on being embarrassing,” Berlusconi says in the video recorded a few months ago, though the contents were only made public on Thursday.

“These gentlemen here are the ones who allow you to make a living. They told me if you keep playing like this, they won’t give us any more money,” he said.

“In that case, I’ll get the money from you, or rather I won’t pay you! You can try suing me. Do you know how long a civil court case usually takes in Italy? About eight years,” Berlusconi added.

–IANS

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