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Name Massimo Cellino
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Owner of Brescia
  ex Owner of Leeds United
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Org Brescia
  Leeds United

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Massimo Cellino says when asked about update of Mario Balotelli who was racially abused during a game against Hellas Veronas] What should I tell you about him? He is black, but he is working to clear himself but is having many difficulties. In football there are teams that fight and win, if we think that a player on his own can win matches, we would be offending the team. Otherwise, we would play one against eleven

I signed him at the end of the window, not to sell tickets, but because he could be of real value. But it’s now become a point of weakness because of the overexposure. If we keep talking about him, it’ll only hurt us and him

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[Brescia owner Cellino calls for further postponement amid coronavirus ‘plague’] I keep getting news from Brescia, and it’s all unbelievable. Yet, the city is facing this with a disconcerting dignity. It’s breaking my heart. They have parents, family, friends and acquaintances who are dying every day, and they are suffering but in silence. People only have one desire, to get back to work and start living again. And you want to talk to me about the championship, about the title? I don’t give a sh*t. I’m scared to leave the house, I’ve got a depression coming on. If we’re speaking in terms of football, everything must be postponed to next season. We must be realistic, gentlemen. This is the plague. [The fans] don’t want it to start again. They’re the ones who forbid it, not the federation. Life comes first. There are ultras who are in hospital on oxygen, others who are mourning their loved ones, and others who are still intubated. We can’t play again this year. Let’s start thinking about next season. Some people still haven’t realised what’s going on, and those people are worse than the virus itself. I don’t believe in miracles anymore, I haven’t for some time now. The season’s been and gone, if someone wants to have that damned Scudetto then let them have it. Done. It’s over. I’m not saying this because Brescia are last. We are bottom because we deserve it. Let them do what they want. I’m thinking about those who are going to lose their job, those who are dying

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Cellino vows to pull Brescia out of Serie A games] This season no longer makes sense. We stopped, no team will return as before, the stadiums will be behind closed doors, plus there is a risk for the health of the players. For me, returning to playing the games is pure madness. If it happens, they are forcing me to be prepared to not send the team out and to lose every game 3-0 out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who are no longer there

It can’t be avoided: the season ends on the June 30 deadline for the presentation of club budgets and player contracts. They are arrogant and irresponsible: they only think about their economic interests and the cups. But, for the Italian championship, UEFA decides that, to resume, it must end by June? Are we going to play every other day? Or does UEFA also have the power to stretch their days and make them 72 hours long? If you want to do something with UEFA’s profits, send oxygen cylinders and respirators to Brescia. We would be grateful. I speak for Brescia. Here we have the trucks that transport the dead. We are at the centre of the epidemic. In any case, the players would come from 45 days of total inactivity, it would take a month of training just to get them back in shape. Otherwise they risk everyone getting injured.

Lotito yelled at me the other day: ‘You don’t want to play to save yourself’. He makes fire and flames because he thinks he will win the championship. I don’t care about going down: so far we have deserved it. I speak generally. To end in June would be impossible, and to prolong the season it is necessary to change all national and international rules: player contracts, budgets, deadlines with banks, transfer market, preparation, the start of the new season. It would be absolute chaos

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Brescia president Massimo Cellino has criticised Lazio counterpart Claudio Lotito’s desire to resume the Serie A campaign] I see too much selfishness and too many people trying to take advantage of this situation. Lotito wants to get back on the pitch? I listen only to those who deserve to be listened to. I don’t even know if Lotito represents Lazio, since he is only president of their board of directors. Seriously, let them take a walk around Brescia and see what’s happening here. I don’t want any advantages and I’m not afraid of relegation, because I know the club won’t go bankrupt and we’ll earn our place back in Serie A.

I reiterate that if there are games again, Brescia will not play. This is not a provocation. They can dock points if they want, I take all responsibility.

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Juventus & Inter target Tonali set for summer transfer] My dream would be to keep Tonali. I would be willing to do somersaults. But I have a deal with Sandro, who is a golden boy. He knows that when he asks me to leave, I will let him go. It is not a question of price, the important thing is that Tonali chooses with the heart, and it is only he who decides. I’d like to see him in Rome or Napoli. But that will be difficult. I would prefer him to remain in Italy anyway

[Pressed on whether the Allianz Stadium or San Siro could be Tonali’s next destination] It will depend on Tonali, he will choose. But I hope he stays in Italy. He must become another [Andres] Iniesta

[Cellino also revealed that Brescia received a formal offer for Tonali from a club in the Champions League in January] In January, a very important team came to me telling me that they wanted Tonali. I didn’t discuss numbers, but only asked one question: ‘Would you let him play straight away in the Champions League?’ They said: ‘We would leave him in Brescia until the end of the season’. I told them: ‘Thanks, but I’ll keep him completely for the moment and we’ll talk about it in July

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Brescia president Massimo Cellino confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus] After two weeks in quarantine in Cagliari, I went to the hospital to check [if I had the virus]. It turned out my daughter had the virus, but my son did not, and then I had it instead. I felt excessive fatigue and severe pain in my bones

It’s absurd that we are discussing whether to play or not. We are fortunate men, I have a villa in Cagliari and one in Miami, but there are nine million Italians living under the poverty line. The country should be closer to its people and a €600 cheque isn’t going to do much. I am embarrassed by the lack of sensitivity shown by this government. I’m seriously thinking about getting a British passport

The people of Brescia defend me. They tell me that I wish to honour their dead and will be offended if I let the team play again. I am not afraid of relegation, I’ll gladly go into Serie B, but I will not lack respect for this town. We’ve got Lotito around here who acts as medic, virologist, nuclear scientist, psychologist, astronaut … If they moved the European Championships and the Olympics, how can we think of playing next month?

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Brescia president Massimo Cellino expects Mario Balotelli to leave the club] I try to avoid legal action and the Balotelli case was blown out of proportion because there’s no football and little else to talk about. He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted. It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career – he’s just a bit anarchic. His contract is automatically annulled in case of relegation into Serie B, so with all probability he’ll be a free agent next season, considering our status

2020 05 28b Retrieve

[Brescia owner Cellino blasts ‘crazy’ decision to resume Serie A season] It’s too much for the players. We stopped [training] for two months. It is dangerous to restart it playing three games a week. So, I’m worried about injuries and the hot weather, which is going to be terrible in Italy, more than Germany

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Cellino has previously said he expects Balotelli to depart the club at the end of the season as the striker no longer has his head with us] I try to avoid legal action and the Balotelli case was blown out of proportion because there’s no football and little else to talk about. He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted. It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career – he’s just a bit anarchic. His contract is automatically annulled in case of relegation into Serie B, so with all probability he’ll be a free agent next season, considering our status. We didn’t sign Balotelli just as a media coup, we really did believe he could’ve given us an important contribution on the pitch. I thought, because I like him, that he could create something new for himself in Brescia. We are disappointed in him

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Brescia owner Massimo Cellino says Sandro Tonali is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona] Obviously I would have to go towards a left-back and one I watched a lot. For me, he was probably one of the best left-backs ever in the game: Ashley Cole. Like I said, I watched him a lot and I wanted to become a player like him. I was lucky enough to go to an England camp with him and it was amazing to be around someone I idolised so much and I watched a lot of him and he was the player I wanted to be like when I grew up

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Brescia won’t accept swap offers for Juve and Inter target Tonali] So far there’s only been a few phone calls, without anything beyond that. It’s difficult to talk about [the transfer market] after everything that’s happened, but I hope the lad keeps having fun on the pitch like he did before. I wouldn’t like all these rumours to lead to another problem, which hurts our chances of staying up. Inter and Juve have both asked me about him, as have other teams. What’s for certain is that the player wants to stay in Italy and we’ll accommodate him. I don’t like swap deals. We’re not that desperate

[Cellino revealed the specific interest from Barcelona and PSG for Tonali] [PSG president] Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] would like him in Paris, he wrote to me today, but Tonali doesn’t want to go to France. Inter and Juve are the destinations he prefers. [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis has offered me 40 million, Fiorentina wants him too, but his destiny is pretty much written. Before Covid, Barcelona had offered 65 million plus two very interesting young players, one was a full-back. I believe that the Catalans received an answer they didn’t like, and not from Tonali. I’m not dealing with anyone. There are still 12 games to play and the boy must remain calm

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Brescia president Massimo Cellino has declared Balotelli’s time at the club is coming to an end] I try to avoid legal action and the Balotelli case was blown out of proportion because there’s no football and little else to talk about. He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted. It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career – he’s just a bit anarchic. His contract is automatically annulled in case of relegation into Serie B, so with all probability he’ll be a free agent next season, considering our status. We didn’t sign Balotelli just as a media coup, we really did believe he could’ve given us an important contribution on the pitch. I thought, because I like him, that he could create something new for himself in Brescia. We are disappointed in him