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Jul 23, 2012

Milan offer refunds

AC Milan have officially announced that they are willing to fully refund any 2012-13 season ticket holder who is unhappy with the club's transfer activity this summer.

The move is in response to one Ultra group filing a lawsuit against them, citing 'false advertising' in the wake of the sales of key figures Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain last week. A statement has now been issued via the club website, backing up the claim made by vice-president Adriano Galliani that any supporter could claim their money back.

It read: "Milan has confirmed its readiness to dissolve agreements for season tickets for the first team's home games for 2012-13, under conditions specified and inside a specific time period.

"Milan firmly reiterates that this willingness is dictated by the need for style and love of the club towards its supporters and independent of any legal analysis. Milan, on the contrary believes that the lawsuit is without foundation."

It has been a difficult few weeks for Milan. Having taken the decision to not renew the contracts of a vast majority of their senior players, they are now searching for a new identity as they look to make up ground on last season's champions Juventus.

Now without influential players such as Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and Filippo Inzaghi, their supporters have become increasingly disillusioned as the club shifts into a rebuilding period with young players such as Francesco Acerbi coming in to replace the departed veterans. Supporters staged a mock funeral outside Milan's Via Turati headquarters on Sunday with wreaths and candles marking the 'death' of the club.

Director Leandro Cantamessa also insisted the move to offer refunds was nothing to do with the impending legal action or the protests, instead promising it was "an issue of style" for the Rossoneri.

The situation was worsened by losses to both Juventus and city rivals Inter in a pre-season friendly tournament, and sales of season tickets have already slowed considerably compared to previous years.

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