Scudetto holders Milan are considering banning their fans from attending any game in the country’s national stadium due to the concerns raised by some about a recent decision by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) to approve construction decals for their pitch.
The decals were approved by the FIGC last November and were intended to symbolise the stadium’s history.
However, in the last few weeks, supporters’ groups have criticised the decision, claiming the decals are designed to symbolize the “past” of the stadium.
Milan are considering the ban on their fans being allowed to attend matches in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.
The club’s sporting director, Giorgio Mancini, was recently criticised by the football media after suggesting that the stadium had “lost its historic character”.
“The idea is to restore the former glories of the Giuglia Meazzei,” Mancino told La Gazzetta dello Sport in November.
“It will be the biggest and best stadium in Italy.”
Milan’s president, Silvio Berlusconi, was also criticised after a television interview in which he admitted he had “a very deep respect” for the former Meazzi.
“I have a deep respect for it, I’ve always respected it,” he said.
“For me it was an important part of my history, because I played there when I was 18 years old.”
In recent months, supporters have expressed concerns over the future of the Meazzis, which is the oldest football ground in the world.
In July, the club announced plans to upgrade the Mezizi with a state-of-the-art pitch, with plans to build a new stadium to replace the Meza in 2021.
The stadium was completed in 1929 and is the most famous in Italy.