“As Bolban and Maldini are treated, I almost feel sick. As directors, they showed the sincerity that they had as players. I would do what Boban did and did not wear a T-shirt at all.
Fabio Capello got “sick”
Fabio Capello says he got “sick” with the way his former club AC Milan treated ex-players Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini, and also scolded Giorgio Chiellini for his speedy publication of his autobiography. Boban and Maldini played for AC Milan under Capello in the 1990s, winning four Serie A titles as well as the Champions League in 1994. The former Croatia international Boban was appointed chief football officer last summer. At the same time, Maldini took over as Technical Director, as Milan looked at former players to try and regain the glory of the days. However, Boban resigned in March amid Milan’s pursuit of Ralph Rangnick to take up the post of manager, while Maldini could follow along with the Germans, demanding more independence if he took control at the San Siro.
Capello criticised Chiellini
Capello was angry at what he considered the lack of respect on the part of Milan for their former tremendous and said he, like Boban, would have resigned if he had been appointed to this post. He told reporters: “As Bolban and Maldini are treated, I almost feel sick. As directors, they showed the sincerity that they had as players. I would do what Boban did and did not wear a T-shirt at all. Dignity comes before everything else.” The 73-year-old former manager of Real Madrid and England has also criticized Juventus captain Chiellini. Their derogatory comments about former team-mates in his new book have sparked controversy in Italian football in recent days.
Chiellini drowned Brescia striker Mario Balotelli in an upcoming book, saying he “deserved a slap” for his attitude during the 2013 Confederations Cup Campaign in Italy. He did not stop there, also stating that “Balotelli is a negative person who does not respect the team.”
“A bad apple”
Balotelli did not take the insult while lying down, having hit Instagram in response against Chiellini. “At least I have sincerity and courage to say things face to face,” he wrote in his story. “Since 2013, you have had many opportunities to act like a real man, but you haven’t done it”. Since then, Chiellini apologized to Balotelli, although he also criticized Felipe Melo. Former Juve team-mate, as “the worst of the worst” and “a bad apple.” Capello was not impressed with the center-back veteran, saying that he was offered the chance to write a diary, but always refused the opportunity. He said: “I’ve been asked many times to write a book. I’ve been offered significant amounts. I don’t like to read some things. For me, football plays and does not speak.”