It’s fair to say Silvio Berlusconi is a controversial character.
The AC Milan president has often hit the headlines for astonishing comments or behaviour and that’s happened once again.
The former Italian prime minister was obviously not impressed with Milan’s campaign with the San Siro outfit finishing a disappointing seventh place in Serie A - not enough to qualify for a Europa League spot via their league position.
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However, the club could still be in Europe next season if they manage to pull off a shock and beat Juventus in Saturday’s Coppa Italia final.
But, instead of encouraging the players ahead of the big match, Berlusconi has issued an astonishing warning ahead of the clash.
“We cannot keep being embarrassing,” Berlusconi told the squad after lunch with the club sponsors in a video aired on Sky Sports Italia.
“These gentlemen here [the sponsors] are the ones who allow you to make a living. They told me if you keep playing like this, they won’t give us any more money.
“In that case, I’ll get the money from you, or rather I won’t pay you. You can try suing me. Do you know how long a civil court case usually takes in Italy? About eight years…”
A sequence of two wins in 11 Serie A matches at the end of their campaign saw Milan fall out of the European qualification places to finish in seventh place - much to the annoyance of their owner.
Milan will have to be at their very best to beat Juve at the weekend. They finished a massive 34 points behind the Old Lady in the league and lost twice to them in the league.
But will Berlusconi’s threat to stop paying them their wages inspire a sensational cup triumph?