Brescia President Massimo Cellino says he could give up and go back to England. He admits to making mistakes this season, including his confidence in the ‘childish’ Mario Balotelli.
Former Cagliari and Leeds United patrons have always threatened to storm out of the world of soccer and are the only patron to press hard to abandon the new Serie A season.
“This is no longer my football, it has no future,” Cellino told TeleTutto. “Being a President has become impossible. I can no longer accept being practically like the days of (Moggi-run agency) GEA. It’s like sitting at a poker table when your opponent is hiding cards up his sleeve and using fake money.
“I don’t even care anymore if we get back to playing, let them do what they want. It’s shameful that Italy is sitting here waiting for UEFA and Germany to give us pointers on what to do next. Let them just decide once and for all, but do it quickly.
“We should be discussing how to resume in full safety, but instead nobody is letting go because this football world is full of debts and the money has already been spent before it’s even earned.
“I want a more equal football, not based on debts and virtual profit margins. I’ve got some money put away, so if things don’t change, I will go back to England.”
On Balotelli, he confesses to have made a mistake:
“I wanted Balotelli, but he proved himself to be too superficial and childish in his off-the-field attitudes. Let it be clear, we are not going into Serie B because of Mario, so it would be wrong and reductive to think that.
“If a child is impolite, the fault is of the parents, so we must not have dealt with him very well.”
Brescia are at the bottom of the Serie A table with 16 points out of 26 matches, having fired, re-hired and sacked Eugenio Corini again, with Fabio Grosso participating just three games, and currently coach Diego Lopez.