Maldini hurt by criticism

29 May 2009 08:01
Veteran AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini has admitted to being hurt by both the negativity from some fans and the club's subsequent silence following his final home appearance. Maldini's last appearance at the San Siro following a 25-year association with the Rossoneri was ruined last weekend after banners were unveiled by some ultras during his lap of honour. The negativity was a direct response to Maldini criticising some fans earlier this season, when he felt the team wasn't been supported during a disappointing run of results. Maldini maintained his dignity by refusing to comment afterwards, but the 40-year-old has now spoken of his hurt at both the banners and the club's silence. "I was a wounded man," Maldini told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The stadium was full of families and 70,000 people who were cheering me. It's a shame those 500 ruined the party. "The club's silence disappointed me. I didn't like it that no-one took a position. "From the president down, not one of the directors said a word. I think a club like Milan should disassociate itself from certain episodes."

Source: ESA