Milan earned another 3 points in a match at the San Siro on Sunday with a victory against Sampdoria. The home fans had plenty to cheer for towards the beginning of the match with an early 1-0 lead, but in the second half the tone changed when midfielder Franck Kessie was subbed on.
The Ivorian was subbed on in the 57th minute and was greeted by many whistles from fans throughout the San Siro- but not from the Curva Sud. This was last seen by Milan fans during Donnarumma's return to San Siro for a match for the Italian squad. Kessie has found himself as an antagonist on the squad this year based on his actions regarding his contact renewal.
The Ivorian midfielder made it clear in an interview last summer during the Olympics that he plans to renew with the Rossoneri. His actions have not backed up that claim, however, and the player has upset many of the loyal supporters of the club.
As reported by MilanNews, a banner was hung in the Curva Sud reading: "Whoever loves Milan can prove it with facts, best regards to those who are dissatisfied,".
After the fans placed this banner, it was followed by cheers for Theo Hernandez and Sandro Tonali. Both players have shown commitment to the club by renewing on a long deal. Tonali even accepted a reduced salary to play for the red and black. The players have won over the hearts of the fans, and the Curva Sud made sure to send the players their praise.
The message can be seen as a warning. As long as Kessie, or any other player, is a player of Milan, they will be supported, but afterwards that will not be the case. Kessie has disrespect the club in the eyes of the fans and that will not be tolerated once he is away from the club. Many have compared his actions to those of Gigio Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu - two players who are not favorable names of the club anymore.
If a player says they want to stay at Milan, they must have a desire for the club.