As AC Milan fear further punishment, Galliani questions fairness of action

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With AC Milan having already been punished by Serie A twice this season for racist and derogatory chanting, the problem continues to persist.

As fans chanted insults directed at southern Italians during Milan’s 1-0 win over Udinese on Saturday, chief executive Adriano Galliani (pictured, standing) has thrown his hands in the air.

“We do not know what to do” said Galliani to Corriere dello Sport following the match. “I hope that this story is over and that we find a way to strike those directly responsible.”

It begs the question, how much can a club be continually responsible for their fans if they take appropriate action?

The PA announcer repeatedly warned fans during the match that their actions could bring more punishment and international shame on the club, but they continued to hurl insults at opposing players and fans.

Galliani says the problem lies with a particular group of fans, and he is sad to see them bring such bad press and backlash among the fanbase as a whole.

“We will segment the Curva Sud (a stand of the San Siro) because the choruses always come from a particular section. I do not think that a society can be continually punished if 50-60 people continue to sing certain songs.”

The match with Udinese was originally meant to be played behind closed doors as punishment for offenses by fans in previous matches, but the punishment was suspended by Serie A, which allowed fans to attend.

Galliani is hopeful the authorities will understand the club’s plea, but realizes there is a process that must be followed.

“I hope and pray that this is not the end of the Curva Sud,” Galliani said. “It is not for me to judge, there is a sports court and degrees of appeal.”

While there aren’t many fair options at the disposal of authorities to come down hard on those who decide to be derogatory during matches, it’s hard not to sympathize a little with the club that has been at the forefront of the controversy.

Report: USMNT likely to face Brazil, Mexico in September friendlies

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The U.S. Men’s National Team won’t have a busy schedule throughout the summer, but Dave Sarachan and his side will get a tiny taste of the World Cup in September.

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ESPN FC is reporting that the USMNT will likely face Brazil and Mexico — both of whom will travel to Russia in June — later this year, as the U.S. Soccer Federation is in the process of finalizing both friendlies.

The matches are set to be played during the September international window, which runs from Sept. 3 through Sept. 11.

Both fixtures will reportedly be played in the United States, although venues haven’t been determined yet.

The U.S. has already begun booking a slate of difficult matches to round out 2018, with England and Italy already confirmed opponents for the Yanks in November.

The Yanks are 1-17-0 all-time against Brazil in all competitions, while the U.S. hasn’t faced Mexico since its 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca in June 2017 during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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Roger Bennett talks with manager Jurgen Klopp about revolutionizing Liverpool, his Greatest Show on Turf-esque offense, the loss of Philippe Coutinho and how he keeps football in perspective.

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MLS: Higuain extends with Crew, Royer gets new deal with Red Bulls

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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.

The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.

Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.

Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises

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A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.

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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.

The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.

The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.

The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.


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Marseille 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg