Galliani has given the go ahead for AC Milan’s Ronaldinho and Pato to stay in China to participate in the Olympics.
Today it was announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that club teams are not obligated to let their under 23 players participate in the Olympics.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was shocked at the decision and asked the clubs to let their players take part in the games as a “sign of solidarity”. He further added that the Olympic games are a unique opportunity for a soccer player and that he is sorry that the Court of Arbitration for Sport didnÃ‚â€™t take into consideration the Olympic spirit.
This may signal the end of the tournament for Brazilian pair Diego and Rafinha along with Argentine sensation Lionel Messi.
AC Milan President Adriano Galliani commented that despite the decision, Ronaldinho and Pato will stay in China to continue playing.
Before the tournament, Galliani decided that Pato could participate as he is Under 23 years of age. On the other hand, Kaka wasn’t allowed to participate because he is over 23. Ronaldinho’s choice to participate was respected as former club FC Barcelona had already given him the go ahead prior to his transfer to AC Milan.
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