Hellas Verona released a statement calling accusations of racism against Milan “the low point of our history.”
The Disciplinary Commission decided to close the Curva Sud for one game due to racist chanting aimed at Sulley Muntari, but the club wants to lodge an appeal.
“We consider the television footage sufficient to categorically rule out the untrue claims thrown at this glorious club and its glorious fans,” read the statement.
“In over 110 years of history nobody had dared so much. Today, as with the case of Armero in Verona-Napoli on January 12 (another grotesque attempt to reconstruct the facts), our club, our fans and our city are tarred with a label that DOES NOT EXIST.
“The three gentlemen from the authorities present at the Bentegodi on Sunday have to shoulder a huge share of the responsibility for what they wrote in their report to the Disciplinary Commission.
“Our club has already requested an urgent appeal to make up for the damage that left us indignant and furious, because what they have done is an act of pure folly.
“The closure of the Curva Sud, unjustly blamed (and the television footage proves it) represents the lowest point of our history.
“Claiming that three thousand (THREE THOUSAND!) of our fans chanted alleged ‘racist’ chants that none of the media, none of the fans, none of the police, nobody at Milan, including Sulley Muntari, mentioned on the day of the game or after leaves us even more perplexed and angry.
“Faced with something like this, this club is more and more convinced: WE ARE WITH OUR FANS, WE ARE ALONE AGAINST EVERYONE!”