Inter Milan have released a statement about Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, responding to his comments about the club’s progress on a new stadium.
Inter Milan Respond Angrily to Giuseppe Sala
Inter Call Sala’s Comments ‘Offensive’ and Threaten to ‘Take Consequent Decisions’
The Nerazzurri had planned to build a new San Siro alongside city rivals AC Milan, however, there has been little progress made on the plans since they were first discussed two years ago.
Milan’s Mayor told the press that Inter would not be progressing with plans of a new stadium until the club had ‘clarified their fate’, referring to the club’s ownership situation.
Suning, the club’s majority shareholder, is facing financial issues, and recently sold 23 per cent of its stake in the club. Sala told calciomercato.com that plans for the Italian giants to build a new stadium would not be moving forward until the ownership of the club is certain. “Until Inter clarify their fate, things must necessarily be at a standstill for us”, he said.
This provoked a heated response from the club, who posted a press release on inter.it, saying: “FC Internazionale Milano has a glorious history of over a hundred years. It existed before Mayor Sala and will continue to exist after his mandate ends.
“We find the statements of the Mayor of Milan offensive to the ownership, disrespectful to the history and reality of the club and its millions of fans in Milan and around the world and irrelevant to the current administrative process of the project A New Stadium for Milan,” it continued.
The statement also threatened action over the mayor’s comments, saying: “Should it be confirmed that Inter and the Ownership are not appreciated by the current administration, we will take the consequent decisions.”
Will Inter Be Able to Continue With the Stadium Plans?
This statement suggests the club is keen to continue with plans to leave the San Siro, after reports last week that the club was considering discarding plans for a new home.
While the club may be adamant on the plans moving forward, it is up to the city council of Milan to decide whether this potential new stadium will be of interest to the city’s population.
With other hugely important topics at the forefront of the council’s present discussions, we are unlikely to see a resolution to this issue soon.
The developments by the mayor and club today suggest tension will only rise between the two football clubs and the council. We are likely to see many more developments along the way of a long process as each party tries to find a solution.