AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
In a statement released by the Serie A club, it said doctors expect the former MLS deputy commissioner to make a full recovery and he will "remain operational during the necessary treatment in specialized clinics" with the full support of the club.
The South African-born Gazidis said he was confident that the cancer will be treated successfully and issued a statement encouraging others to prioritize their health and seek regular medical checkups.
“Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer," he said. "But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis. I have world-class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the club, and I am confident based on all advice that cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery.
“My diagnosis demonstrates the importance of regular medical checkups, even if you don’t have symptoms. I would encourage everyone to prioritize their health and to make sure, even in the day-to-day obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups.”
Gazidis moved to the United States in 1992 and worked for the law firm Latham & Watkins, where many of its attorneys have gone on to work in soccer.
He was one of the first employees at MLS, whose founder was a Latham & Watkins partner Alan Rothenberg, then U.S. Soccer president.
In 2008, Gazidis left MLS to become the Arsenal CEO. He remained with the Gunners until late 2018 when he joined Milan.
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