Retired Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has decided to chime in on the power struggle at the club between long-time chief executive Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club owner and disgraced former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. In a radio interview, he shared his regrettable view of the matter.
From the BBC:
"For someone like Galliani there should be more respect," Reuters reported Gattuso as telling Italy's Radio Radio.
"I can't really see women in football. I don't like to say it but that's how it is."
Over the weekend, Galliani announced his resignation after 28 years with the club only to then agree to a compromise that now gives Milan two CEOs — Galliani to handle sporting matters and Barbara Berlusconi to handle "other areas of the club's activities." Berlusconi was named to Milan's board of directors in 2011, shortly after she started dating then Milan striker Pato.
Gattuso ended his playing career earlier this year and was sacked as manager of Serie B side Palermo after eight matches on the job (which is a relatively lengthy spell for a Palermo manager). His decision to decry women in football, as opposed to, say, nepotism in football, is disappointing — especially since he has a young daughter himself. It highlights the challenges and retrograde thinking that keep the number of female executives in top-flight football so low.