AC Milan news

Gattuso: No place for women in football

December 5, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent,

Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has questioned the role of women in football in criticising his former club for appointing Barbara Berlusconi as general manager.

Gattuso had received offers from Turkey and the Middle East
GettyImagesGennaro Gattuso spent 13 years at AC Milan before leaving the club in the summer of 2012.

Paul: Gallaini power struggle

Berlusconi, daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi, will work together with Adriano Galliani in a two-pronged managerial team as part of a club shake-up which is set to see director of sport Ariedo Braida stand down.

Gattuso does not believe that is the right way forward, though, and has criticised his former club for giving a woman so much power.

"I'm sorry, but I really don't think much of women in football," he told Radio Radio. "That's the way I see things. I think there should be more respect for somebody like Galliani."

Galliani last week tendered his resignation, hinting that the increased power being demanded by Barbara Berlusconi was undermining him. He was convinced by the Rossoneri's president to reverse his decision over the weekend.

A compromise, with Galliani taking responsibility for sporting projects and Barbara Berlusconi concentrating on marketing and social duties, was struck.

The 35-year-old Gattuso is currently out of work after being sacked as coach of Serie B side Palermo after little over a month of the season. His only previous coaching experience came last season with Swiss side Sion, with whom he ended his playing career. He was sacked at Sion in May.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.