Rocco Commisso again caused controversy in Italy. The president of Fiorentina gave a long interview to the Financial Times, commenting on the complicated situation of Dusan Vlahovic and also criticizing both the institutions and Italian football in general. The owner of the Viola, as always, did not hold his tongue. Regarding the striker, he said that “he has grown up here and should be grateful, whatever happens, to the club that brought him where he is.” He then commented on his sad and rapid relationship with Gattuso, who according to his version would have asked to “buy some players at a predetermined price”, some of whom were represented by his own agent, Jorge Mendes. The president, regarding these events, stated that “it is not his style” and that he does not allow anyone to take advantage of him. The Financial Times contacted Mendes’ company, Gestifute, which defined the version of the Italian businessman as “unreal” and “disrespectful”.
Regarding Juventus, which is listed on the stock exchange, Commisso stated that in the United States the shareholders of a club, whose shares lost a third of their value (as happened to the bianconeri after the investigation into their accounts), “They would have denounced those sons of bitches.” He also left messages for other Calcio directors: “There is envy, who did what I did in Italy? Agnelli did not do it. Grandfather, perhaps, but his grandchildren did not. Gordon Singer did not do it in Milan, nor did the guy from Suning. They use other people’s money “. What annoys him most, however, is “the disgusting Italian bureaucracy”, which “drives him crazy”. The Government prevented him from destroying the Artemio Franchi to build a new stadium due to the artistic value of its helical stairs. For Commisso, however, the Campo de la Fiore is “the most disgusting thing ever invented”: “What history does the Franchi have? They have won two Scudetti in 90 years there…”.