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Milan Makes Compensation Request for Onyewu's Injury

  • AP, Friday, October 16, 2009 3:45 PM
Oguchi Onyewu's club, AC Milan, is seeking compensation from the U.S. Soccer Federation for Onyewu's injury during a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. "I'm very angry because once again the national teams take players and we lose out due to injuries," AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani told Italian media Thursday.

"This is a problem that needs to be resolved. We at Milan are expecting compensation from the American federation. We can't pay a player who can't play for six months," Galliani said. Galliani, however, did not specify the terms of the sort of "compensation" that Milan deserved. USSF president Sunil Gulati declined comment on Galliani's remarks.

Onyewu tore the patellar tendon in his left knee late in Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Costa Rica. He signed a three-year contract with AC Milan in July. Milan's club physician, Massimo Manara, has been in contact with Onyweu. Leonardo, Milan's coach, and players have also called the defender to offer encouragement.


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