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Milan deny wrongdoing in Paletta deal

AC Milan have refuted claims that club CEO Adriano Galliani skirted regulations when signing former Parma player Gabriel Paletta.

Milan deny wrongdoing in Paletta deal
Gabriel Paletta has made three appearances for Italy,Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP

Paletta, who has made three appearances for Italy, joined Milan for the bargain price of €2.5 million (US$2.84m) last season just as Parma were on the brink of financial ruin that has since sent them plummeting to Serie D.

A report in the Gazzetta di Parma said Galliani's name had been evoked during court sessions in Parma relating to the purchase of Paletta, amid an ongoing investigation into the collapse of the club last season.

Milan released an official statement which said the player's transfer was fully above board.

“In relation to the news that Adriano Galliani has been mentioned in the investigation by the Parma Tribunal regarding the purchase of the football player Paletta, A.C. Milan would like to underline the legality of the operation and the club are sure that the magistrates will come to the same conclusion,” said a club statement.

Paletta has since moved to fellow Serie A side Atalanta on a one-season loan deal.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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