Milan mayor Sala on the ‘real debate’ surrounding San Siro situation

By Oliver Fisher -

Milan city mayor Giuseppe Sala has once again reiterated his desire for the existing San Siro structure to remain intact in some form.

Last month, AC Milan and Inter hosted a joint event in the city during which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their designs for a proposed ‘new San Siro’ stadium.

The two clubs appear determined to proceed full steam ahead with the new development, but they received a knock-back when it emerged only two council members voted in favour of the project.

A decision from the Municipality on the public interest of the proposal is expected to arrive later this month, and the road has been described as ‘uphill’.

Now, Beppe Sala has offered further comments on the situation in an interview with Tuttosport.

“I must reiterate that if the clubs were to find a formula for not tearing down the San Siro stadium this would be extremely important,” he said, via

“The football clubs are no longer run by owners who do it out of passion but rather they are businesses, and therefore one or both of them could be sold before the work is completed so we must then think about what guarantees we could have.

“It would be important for the stadium to remain at San Siro, because it is equipped with infrastructures so that it can be reached by means of transport and therefore fewer cars are used.

“Then I assume that these new buildings that will be built must have an extraordinary ecology, cannot pollute and must have adequate systems.

“The real point is how much will it cost and what is there to constitute. The stadium itself does not return the investment to the teams that need something else and this is the political debate we are facing.”

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