Rome, Feb 27: AC Milan have complained that Brazilian playmaker Kaka's career is in danger as he is being targeted by opposing teams for what appears to be a strategy to foul him.
The reigning European and World Footballer of the Year had to leave the pitch at half-time on Sunday against Palermo with an injury to his left knee and will miss Wednesday's Italian league match against Catania. The top Italian club added what struck them most was not that Kaka was being continually fouled by the players from their opponents but that there seemed to be a systematic plan by the teams to do so.
Club statement on their internet site said: "It's never the same player which makes two consecutive fouls on Ricky (Kaka's nickname). Players take turns as if there is a plan, as if it is a part of their strategy. Evidently the referees have not noticed this."
On Monday, Kaka said in an interview that, "I don't like to talk to referees but they need to do something because I'm being fouled a lot at the moment."
The club statement continued as: "The treatment which is being handed out to Kaka is the same which ended the career of Marco van Basten (part of the dominant AC Milan side in the late 80's and early 90's). The great Dutch player played his last match at the top level as a 28 year old in November 1992.It all just came to an end for van Basten but the same thing must not happen to Kaka."