Curva Sud: “Raiola destroyed the image of Donnarumma in the eyes of all football fans, players come and go but we and Milan will always be there”

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Milan fans show their support during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Milan fans show their support during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The Curva Sud have released an official statement regarding the Gianluigi Donnarumma case: ‘It seems strange that, just a few days after the farewell of Totti, in tears in front of his fans, a boy of 18 would prefer money to being treated as a God by his fans’.

Donnarumma announced his decision (via his agent Mino Raiola) that he will not renew his contract with the Rossoneri and therefore either leave Milan this summer or become a free agent in June 2018.

The backlash from the fans has been enormous, the nickname ‘Dollarumma’ has been given and many refer to the #99 of Milan as a ‘snake’. Yesterday Milan Club Poland threw fake dollars at him during the Italy U21 match with Denmark, and the general feeling of the tifosi is that they’ve been betrayed.

Yesterday Mino Raiola gave numerous interviews (read all here) and his accusations were answered by CEO Marco Fassone (read all here). Now the Milan ultras, the Curva Sud, released a statement.

Their statement, as published on their website, reads:

“After [Italian President Sergio] Mattarella on December 31, it’s time for the unified speech by Mino Raiola on all the sports channels. Obviously with HIS journalists, with previously agreed questions and all pre-recorded, because it should never be a real debate with real questions.

Gianluigi Donnarumma salutes the fans at the end of Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on the 21st of May 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Gianluigi Donnarumma salutes the fans at the end of Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on the 21st of May 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“It seems strange to see Raiola, who has always shunned the Press, opening his doors and trying to save the impossible. It seems strange to hear words like ‘hostile climate’, ‘forcing’, and ‘threats’ that translate financially to €25m in five years, the captain’s armband and six months of reflections to get to June and say they feel hurried.

“It seems strange to hear about a hostile climate for a lad who is the first Milan player in many years to have his own song from the fans and so much love from every single Milan fan.

“It seems strange to learn from Raiola that there was no discussion of wages or the length of the contract. Maybe because in the famous game of ‘the compensation that would be paid to Milan will go to me’, some elementary things have no value.

“It seems strange that Raiola, with his polished Italian and infinite culture, did not comprehend the simple meaning of a banner to which he referred!

Christian Abbiati of AC Milan embraces Gianluigi Donnarumma at the end of the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 14, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Abbiati and Donnarumma at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on the 14th of May 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“It seems strange that such a great agent was unable to represent the interests of his client. Instead he destroyed his image not only in the eyes of Milan fans, but of all football fans, who now find that an 18-year-old can be irreconcilable with the club which launched him in the sole interest of a man behind him, promising mountains of money.

“It seems strange that, just a few days after the farewell of Francesco Totti, in tears in front of his fans, a boy of 18 would prefer money to being treated as a God by his fans. For a sportsman, the gratitude of the fans has no financial value, and we invite Donnarumma to reflect upon what he has denied himself for the rest of his career.

“It doesn’t seem strange to us that Raiola didn’t explain how everything changed so fast. From banquets to real negotiations, from dinners to litigations, from personal agreements to the good of the club, from antennas to sports executives.

“It doesn’t seem strange to us that a club symbol who really wanted to be one [Marek Hamsik] moved away from this character, becoming captain of the club [Napoli] he chose to love.

“It doesn’t seem strange even to try and cast old condors [Adriano Galliani] in a good light, who say they want the best for Milan having placed one who could have been a club symbol for the future in the hands of a vulture, so now he is merely the symbol of easy money.

“The actual reality of football is increasingly far from the passion of the people and closer to Raiola-style characters, figures capable of conditioning whole careers and histories of the most important clubs with one goal: their own self-interest.

Milan fans before Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on September 13, 2015. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Milan fans before Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on September 13, 2015. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“We want to thank those who are working for the good of Milan, and have brought people with Rossoneri values back to the club, people who really meant it when they kissed the badge and deserved it when they received affection.

“We know it must have been difficult for the boy to defend himself from the thousands of criticisms and insults he’s received in the past few days, but when you swear love and betray it, that’s all that can happen. On social media, it’s likely that things have been over the top, and of course we don’t think threats are right, they have nothing to do with our position.

“We believe there may still be a chance to rebuild things, but it’s now linked to the expulsion for his affairs of those who pushed him in a bad direction, ruining his image.

“Players come and go, we and Milan will always be there.”

Translation credit: Football Italia

21 COMMENTS

  1. Before things started to go bad for Milan 6 years ago, Curva Sud were basically none existent. Now they speak intelligently on every issue about Milan and their opinion is most valued. Fassone is happy like a school girl because he knows the fans are behind him. Sure they are. They are not foolish.

     
  2. Well spoken curva sud, couldn’t have said it better.

    He could have a been a god here, the next Maldini, the face of the new Milan, but this so-called lifelong fan chose otherwise …

    I loved what they dead at the U21 too. Great stuff.

    As fans, we have every right to express our anger. As long as there’s no violence, everybody related to this is fair game. So long as he doesn’t wear the red-black he is our nemesis, simple as that. And he should be reminded of this. Constantly.

     
  3. What is the point in 2nd chances here for Donnarumma? The boy doesn’t want to renew, meaning his heart is no longer in Milan, what”s the point in keeping him?

     
  4. Figo had the head of an actual pig thrown at him. Fake cash is childs play compared to that. Or is he just upset that it wasn’t real cash?

     
  5. One thing I love from this whole story is that Milan fans are back. These story of nurturing a good kid to professional goalkeeper has made Milan popular again. Can’t wait for the season to start. Great millano!!!!

     
  6. Dollarumma should be kept in custody till his contract expire stupid dude who are you to my Great Milan i cried reading those nonsence your agent is sayin is he God damn both of you suck .
    I die cos of Milan
    Great History Club
    Great Legend
    Great Fans like Family
    Great Curva Sud
    Forza Milan
    Red and Black in my BLOOD

     
  7. A loveable lad with an unfortunate agent. We are sad and angry but honestly its not going to be easy for any young lad having to deal with an important person like Raiola. Perhaps the family should have intervened because Imo 18ys still need necessary help at this level. Donna cant be faultless but I believe he indeed love Milan. I believe he is kind of told by Raiola that this waiting stubborness was necessary and not to worry that he would eventually sign. I am thinking he is currently personally regretting a thing or 2 decisions influenced by Raiola.

     
  8. Ist hard to judge the Detail of the Situation from outside. Yes, there is the fact, donnarumma didnt renew. But is still not clear, if it was his own decision. It is not clear if donnarumma is getting lies from his agent, because thats the only war to make profit with his clients. For example, raiola was furios about mirabelli, because He contacted donnarumma directly. Why? If all got the same information, there is no reason to be furios. After that, raiola said, Milan would try to create war between Client and agent. Maybe He was feared, that mirabelli would tell donnarumma things, where raiola lied over. In That case or in simular Situation, there is no fault about donnarumma

     
  9. Love the way they got their points accross, illistrating that the club and the fan base is not to be taken for a ride.
    This is the new Milan, Milan of the ages, Milan that dominated Europe, and we will not bow down to no one!!!

    Forza Milan!

     
  10. Well said curva.

    The fans are showing faith in the new Milan.

    Hope to see a packed San siro, day in and day out. It will inspire the team to give their all on the pitch(like gattuso). Would love to see that kind of fire in their eyes.

     
  11. Well spoken Curva Sud, very very well spoken. Hope Donna will do smth with this.

    Off-topic; Reports say that AC Milan has inquired about James Rodriguez, and to be honest.. I hope we could sign him.
    In my opinion James is the creative sparkle we’ve been missing for awhile. Let’s see if it’s actually true, I kinda hope it is.

    What do you guys think about James?
    Curious to know about it.

    Forza Milan!

     
    • absolutely we needed a player of his calibre.still young at 26 y.o buat already world class players.in his first season at madrid under carletto guidance, james is very productive.i’m forget his statistics for exactly, but i thinks he made around 14 goals and about 16-18 assist at that season.it’s almost comparable with the best season during Kaka’s here with Milan.sadly, thinks are not going well for him under zidane.basically only one position in madrid’s 4-3-3 has been changed from carletto to zidane, but unluckily it’s james for casemiro. carlo play modrid–kroos-james and later isco when bale’s injuried (22 consecutive wins) but his teams lacking grits and balance in defence, so zidane change him with casemiro

      james can score goals for sure, but he’s more dangerous for his creativity, and his passing range is top class.tactically flexible and very intellegent to find the space.not known for his speed a la Kaka’s at his prime, but his languid style is like young totti

       
  12. Lets just allow this guy leave. He has lost interest and we just have to move on. Other keepers should step in and we see how the whole thing goes

     
  13. i hope donnarumma changes his mind and sign the contract,but if not Leno should nt be considered as his replacement bcos his performance against austrialia was awful.on a side note,Andre silva was pretty impressive against mexico.came in the dieing minutes and influenced the game,even brought a superb save out of ochoa.

     

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