Lega Nord threatens Milan council; presentation over San Siro renovation planned

By Oliver Fisher -

Political group the Lega Nord – led by former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini – are preparing a rival presentation regarding the future of San Siro.

Both Milan and Inter held an official event at the Bovisa Polytechnic in Milano last week, during which Manica-Cmr and Populous took to the stage to reveal their designs for the ‘new San Siro’.

Italian firm Manica showed their renderings, followed by American giants Populous, after Milan president Paolo Scaroni and Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello had outlined the key information regarding the brief.

Just as it seemed that everything was coming together for the project to take off, il Sole 24 Ore revealed on Friday that the first council vote was an overwhelming one against a new structure.

According to reports from ANSA, as cited by Calciomercato.com, some councillors of Milan have requested ‘a new appraisal, carried out by third parties, to assess the costs and timing of a restructuring of the San Siro stadium’.

Essentially, they do not trust the findings of the surveyors that Milan and Inter used and would like to find out for themselves what the costs of renovating the current stadium would be.

The Milanese clubs had been offered the chance to buy the current San Siro for €70m, but a report from Calcio e Finanza revealed the main reason that the two clubs agreed to reject the offer.

In addition, the Lega Nord are making a lot of noise too, as they are threatening to go to the Court of Auditors if mayor Beppe Sala agrees to sell San Siro to the clubs.

Alessandro Morelli, leader of the party, said: “If the San Siro stadium is sold to the Milan clubs it will be a serious damage not only in terms of image but also economic.

“It would be a loss of money for the city. The value of San Siro cannot be that of any architectural work, because it is part of the Milan brand, it is a symbol of Milan and therefore we will ask that this figure be defined and at that point we will have to take a few steps towards the Court of Auditors.

“Next week we will present a new renovation project carried out by technicians of the Polytechnic who already have a possible redevelopment in their hands.

“Next week we will present it to the Milanese people because it is they who must decide. It is incomprehensible how the Municipality is giving a decision for now that must take citizenship.”

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