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Milan thrashed by Verona amidst UEFA concern over club books

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UEFA has expressed concern over AC Milan’s financial situation even as the club’s miserable season hit a new low after slumping to a 3-0 loss at struggling Verona in Serie A on Sunday

Verona rose to 17th in the table and above the relegation zone after earning only their third league win of the season, thanks to goals from Antonio Caracciolo, Moise Kean and Daniel Bessa scored.

Caracciolo, who was left unguarded by the Milan defence headed in from Romulo’s corner in the 24th minute, with the ball hitting the bar and going in off goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Kea then scored the second after Bessa pulled the ball back 10 minutes after halftime.

After the break, Bessa tripled Verona’s unchallenged lead in the 77th minute by finishing from Romulo’s pass after the Brazilian burst down the right unchallenged. Milan forward Suso was then sent off for kicking Daniele Verde, who was on the ground, in a decision made with the help of the video assistant referee.

The result meant that Milan have managed one win, one draw and one defeat in their three league games since Gennaro Gattuso was appointed as coach, who said his side had started well but failed to react after falling behind in the 24th minute.

“Until the first goal, we played some good football and created plenty of chances,” Gattuso said. “Then, at the first sign of trouble, we collapsed as we have so often this season. We need to understand why we collapsed like that…..we don’t know how to react when we go behind. There are no excuses, we made fools of ourselves.”

Milan, who are seven-time European champions have came under Chinese ownership since April, and spent more than €200m (£176.5m) in the last transfer window in an attempt to re-establish themselves as a force in Serie A. The effort turned out mixed results, as they are currently seventh in the table with seven wins and seven defeats.

Topping off their miserable run, UEFA has rejected Milan’s request for a voluntary agreement that would have temporarily exempted the club from European football’s financial fair play rules last week.

The European football governing body said regarding Milan’s finances that there were “still uncertainties in relation to the financing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder”.

 

Antonio Cassano joins Verona, but retires and then un-retires

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Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has sensationally “un-retired” from football a few hours after telling his Verona team-mates that he was missing his family too much and wanted to quit the game.

Cassano, 35, who joined Verona only eight days ago and made the decision to leave the club and retire from football early on Tuesday.

However, after Verona have promised that they they will ensure that his family move closer to him, he held a press conference in the afternoon to tell the media that he had reconsidered and was now looking forward to “having a fun season” with his new club.

“This morning I had a moment of weakness,” he said. “A ‘fall’, but then I thought about it again. If I had decided to go through with this gut-feeling it would have been a catastrophic choice and I’ve gone with my gut-feeling too many times in my career.”

“I had a sudden feeling of missing my family and I got too emotional. But now I want to have a fantastic season. I’ve already lost seven kilos and I am fully motivated. Don’t be irritated by all this, in two games’ time we will forget all about this.”

Cassano began his professional career at Bari in 1999 and played for, among others, Roma, Real Madrid, Milan and Internazionale. While considered by many as one of the most talented players of his generation, he missed Italy’s World Cup triumph in 2006 after a poor season with Real.

But since joining last week, the veteran had already played in two friendlies for Verona and impressed in both, before Tuesday’s series of events.

Verona, who won promotion back to the Italian top-flight after a brief season in Serie B, will now hope he can form a productive partnership up front with Giampaolo Pazzini, whom he played with at Sampdoria.