Genoa have made an official protest against the failure to name Inter Milan striker Diego Milito among the Ballon d'Or nominees. Former Genoa star Milito scored the decisive goals in the Champions League Final, Coppa Italia Final and game that secured the Scudetto in their Treble campaign, but is not even on the list of 23 top players.
"Injustice is served!" blasted a statement on the website of his former club Genoa.
"Milito was not included in the list of 23 candidates for the Ballon d'Or, the award that France Football gives every year based on votes by journalists.
"It is a serious snub, if we think of the role 'Il Principe di Bernal' played in the Nerazzurri's conquest of the Scudetto and above all the Champions League.
"His role is certified and that's not even counting the number of shots denied by goalkeepers.
"The only possible excuse for this exclusion, and it's not a good enough one to explain it, is that he spent the World Cup watching from the bench."