Rivera sends message to AC Milan and Inter: “San Siro must remain standing”

By Oliver Fisher -

Club legend Gianni Rivera has pleaded with AC Milan and Inter to consider staying at San Siro and not building a new structure.

The two clubs are seemingly determined to build a ‘new San Siro’, and last month an official event was held in which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their respective ‘Wedding ring’ and ‘Cathedral’ designs.

However, the road to building a new structure has been described as ‘uphill’, and it was recently revealed that only two council members voted in favour of the project.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, former Rossoneri superstar and Ballon d’Or winner Gianni Rivera offered his thoughts on the current stadium situation, starting with the idea of knocking down San Siro.

“What effect will demolishing the stadium have? A bad effect,” he said, via MilanNews.it.

“My idea is: if there are no other problems that I am not aware of, San Siro must remain standing and continue to be a stage for football.

“This is my thought, I would say as a lover. San Siro represents a value, a great value. Perhaps we never remember this enough.

“San Siro is a big, huge stadium, where the game can be seen pretty much everywhere. And as one who has watched games from the stand, but also from the Curva, I can tell you it can’t be knocked down.

“Let it remain as a monument? As a second hypothesis, but San Siro is a value because we play in it. And it is also memory, and it is not true that people have no memory.

“Apart from those who live in the area, who are against it, I believe that most people want that the stadium not to be demolished.”

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