AC Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani spoke once again about the issue of racism in Italian football, and answered questions about the potential for more business to be done in January.
Milan entertain Bologna at San Siro tonight hoping to make it five league wins in a row, and it was confirmed earlier in the week that a special initiative is planned during the game to raise awareness in the fight against discrimination.
Meanwhile, there is a lot of focus on the potential to build momentum domestically and get back into the Scudetto fight, especially after Juventus dropped points at home against Empoli earlier in the evening.
Moreover, there is swirling speculation regarding the possibility of Milan making further additions to the squad in the last few days of the window, with Stefano Pioli admitting he would like another defender.
Furlani spoke on Sky a few minutes before kick-off and he was asked about a few different issues, starting with how racism in being handled after the Maignan incident last weekend.
“We must not forget the events of last weekend which are disgusting and shameful. We have always been attentive to these issues and today too we will have initiatives,” he said (via MilanNews).
“We don’t want them to be forgotten and to just go and play. With the institutions and the other teams, we want to do with Serie A. We need to change. Mike? He’s fine, he wants us to stop just talking but to do something.
“In the 16th minute the match will stop for a brief moment, but I won’t tell you more, I don’t want to ruin the moment and the surprise.”
Are Milan looking at the table after Juve’s draw?
“Milan are looking at today’s opponent who is strong and insidious. We are focused on ourselves and doing well.”
Do Milan need some of Jakub Sinner’s spirit?
“On behalf of Milan I congratulate him for what he has done and wish him good luck.”
What is Zlatan’s role?
“Zlatan is a very curious, capable, intelligent person. I was surprised in a very positive way, I have a very good and fantastic relationship with him. Milan are lucky to have him and I am lucky to work with him.”
Will a defender arrive before the window closes?
“We are doing well. The players who are playing in that role are doing well, even Gabbia who is back. Our injured players will return. We have a very solid group and we don’t have any urgency to do something just for the sake of it.”
Is tonight’s opponent Joshua Zirkzee a target?
“We’ve never talked about it, you journalists do it more!”