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Galliani pleads with furious fans as AC Milan spiral into crisis

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has pleaded with fans to be patient after tempers boiled over on Saturday night following their draw against Genoa.

Around 300 ultras blocked the San Siro exits with a protest after the final whistle, only allowing the team out after midnight when Kaka and Christian Abbiati met with them for a face-to-face confrontation.

Galliani declared: "These seasons happen to everyone. People should remember the history of this club, as Silvio Berlusconi bought Milan from a bankruptcy tribunal.

"Napoli weren't in the Champions League last year, Fiorentina are only in the Europa League this term and Inter finished ninth last season, but they are still there. It's not as if the other clubs suddenly died when they had an off year.

"Milan have 115 years of history and a 116th will begin too. Bad years happen to everyone, let's not make a drama out of it. Look at the Champions League trophies we won and the Finals we played. Even more recently, in the last three seasons we came first, second and third.

"We must raise our heads up and be proud of this Milan."

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