AC Milan offer ticket refund after fans protest over sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva
AC Milan says it will give refunds to disgruntled fans with season tickets following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
The club made the offer in a statement yesterday after fans were left fuming at the star duo being sold, some even staging a mock funeral outside Milan headquarters. A lawsuit has been filed arguing that some fans bought season tickets on the presumption the two players would be at the club.
The club says the offer was made because of "the need for style and love of the club towards its supporters and independent of any legal analysis," adding that "the lawsuit is without any foundation".
Milan icons Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi also left the club after last season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has returned to training for the first time since a knee operation in May, the La Liga club said yesterday.
The 34-year-old Spain international had arthroscopic surgery and was ruled out for the final weeks of the season, meaning he missed the nation's triumphant Euro 2012 campaign in Poland and Ukraine.
"The captain trained apart from the rest of the squad in the group's penultimate session before they fly out to Germany on Tuesday for their first pre-season friendly against Hamburg," a Barca statement said.