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AC Milan chief Galliani: Pato needs protection from refs

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is fed-up with the treatment Alexandre Pato is receiving from opposition defenders. "I am worried about the blows he receives," Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It's always the same story when we go away from home - it happened in Naples and now in Verona.

"The defenders set out to intimidate him in the early stages and then he struggles from that point on.

"It's done scientifically and is a planned response - the opponents go in hard on him from the off."

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