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Milan Fined €4,000 For Terrible Banners Mocking Gianluca Pessotto With Felix Baumgartner ‘Joke’

By Chris Wright

AC Milan have been fined €4,000 (which has been reduced after the club agreed to help the FIGC identify the fans responsible) after fans unfurled a couple of awful banners during their Serie A game against Juventus on Sunday, mocking former Juve centre-half Gianluca Pessotto’s attempted suicide in 2006 with a large ‘[Felix] Baumgartner 1-0 Pessotto’ flag…

The second banner reads: “Felix: 36km of flight and the wall of sound broken, but not as spectacular as the flight of Pessotto”.

For those unaware, Pessotto jumped from a fourth-floor window at Juve’s offices in an attempt to take his own life after being embroiled in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that erupted in Italy in that year.

Sadly banners like this don’t seem to uncommon among fans of teams visiting Juventus of late, with Inter fans also penalised for similar slogans just a few weeks ago.

(Image via @Milanello)

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By Chris on November 28th, 2012 in FAIL, Serie A. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

15 Responses to “Milan Fined €4,000 For Terrible Banners Mocking Gianluca Pessotto With Felix Baumgartner ‘Joke’”

  1. gundubaja says:

    Actually, I enjoyed these banners.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Should it not be Baumgartner 1 – 1 Possotto, seeing as they both survived?

  3. unPC says:

    Seriously? This is banter. What is the world coming to?

  4. plops says:

    @gundubaja Ha, I admire your honesty.

  5. kikounet says:

    @Anonymous nope, as Baumgartner’s attempt was successful, Pessotto’s was an epic fail.

  6. Nuno says:

    @Anonymous: I assume it’s 1-0 because Baumgartner achieved what he intended.
    @unPC: Seriously? Mocking what could be a tragedy? I suppose you also think the moronic West Ham fans singing “can we stab you every week” against Tottenham are ok, then?
    There’s many things to “banter” about, like the calciocaos itself and the fact Juventus were in 2nd division, there’s no need to bring up personal tragedies.

  7. unPC says:

    Your assumptions negate your argument, my friend.
    Mocking what COULD have been a tragedy is Banter. Mocking an ACTUAL tragedy is not.

  8. Chris Mc says:

    @unPC, i think someone attempting to take their own life is a tragedy in itself. No?

  9. mike says:

    A suicide attempt is not a tragedy?

  10. Dickie says:

    @unPC Yeah I’m fairly sure mocking a man who is trying to kill himself is a bit more than banter, but whatever.

  11. MGJ says:

    This is sad to read, why can’t everyone just get along?

  12. Jarren says:

    This is actually quite witty.

  13. juvemerda says:

    The problem is that juve fans make even worse “jokes” (if we can refer to those this way) very often, most of the time even about dead people (for example about Giacinto Facchetti)

  14. Neil says:

    I think I smell a wind-up merchant….
    (but yes, those banners are disgusting and in the poorest of taste. Banter my arse)

  15. juvemerda says:

    Here we go, that’s what I was talking about.
    1st December 2012, juve-Torino:

    (for the people who don’t speak Italian, it’s a horrible banner “mocking” Torino for the Superga tragedy – back in 1949)

    Animals, that’s what they are.

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