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AC Milan legend: 'I can't see women in football'

Gennaro Gattuso has controversially weighed in on matters at his former club.

Milan are currently in the midst of a torrid stretch with respect to overhauls in management, with board member Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of owner Silvio, at the centre of a revolution at San Siro.

Late last week longtime servant and transfer guru Adriano Galliani announced that he would resign his position imminently after ‘Lady B’ publicly questioned his ability to lead the outfit forward into a new era, insisting he would not remain with a tarnished reputation to “burn on a slow fire”.

Yet the elder Berlusconi refused to accept the Rossoneri vice-president’s decision to relinquish his post, insisting the 69-year-old will continue on with the club whilst installing his daughter and Galliani as co-general managers despite their history of conflict.

To compound the tumult for the northern Italians, conflicting reports began to emerge on Wednesday morning that director of sport Ariedo Braida had chosen to vacate his chair at Milanello.

And Gattuso, who began the term on the bench at recently relegated Palermo before facing the sack, has offered his opinion on the situation by calmly contending that Galliani deserves more respect, but soon exercised his penchant for the contentious.

“I think someone like Galliani deserves more respect for everything he has done and how in all these years he steered the club to positive results,” he told Radio Radio.

“I don’t want to say this, but I really can’t see women in football.”

The former Italy international’s gender-related comment, quite clearly a condemnation of Barbara Berlusconi, has expectedly sparked a backlash from many surrounding the club.

Several women have occupied positions of stature in Italian football in recent years, with Rosella Sensi serving as chair of Roma for three years before selling the club to a Boston-based consortium in April of 2011, whilst Francesca Menarini similarly sat in as president of Bologna for a two-year stretch from 2008 to 2010.

Valentina Mezzaroma also currently holds the role of vice-president at Serie B outfit Siena, a capacity she has performed in since father Massimo Mezzaroma purchased the club in early 2010.

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