Gianluigi Donnarumma isn’t a popular player at the San Siro after leaving AC Milan in 2021 as a free agent to sign with Paris Saint-Germain. Despite not playing club football, the 24-year-old still gets a rough treatment.
Although it’s international football, some would assume that Donnarumma wouldn’t receive a hostile reception. However, that isn’t the case. As a result, Inter Milan’s Davide Frattesi is coming to the defense of the PSG goalkeeper after Italy’s 2-1 win over Ukraine on Tuesday at San Siro.
“It was honestly shameful,” Frattesi said. “I have never seen anything like this, an international player booed by his own crowd. I do not understand why he gets jeered like that. We are representing Italy here. I went over and told him, ‘He’s great and that we love him, but he doesn’t need it.’ Donnarumma is a top player. He can handle this easily and just shakes it off.”
Davide Frattesi on Donnarumma getting booed: “It was honestly shameful. I have never seen anything like this, an international player booed by his own crowd. I do not understand why he gets jeered like that, we are representing Italy here.” 🇮🇹🗣️ pic.twitter.com/1qLSUBTJsP
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) September 12, 2023
Donnarumma will have to visit the San Siro when PSG travels to face AC Milan on Nov. 7, where the shot-stopper will be public enemy No. 1 for the fans there. So, this was likely a taste of what’s to come in a few weeks.
Still, Frattesi is correct in his criticism, as Donnarumma isn’t playing for a club, and he’s representing Italy. Nonetheless, it seems some fans can’t separate club and national team.