Italian Serie A giants AC Milan are the talk (read: laughing stock) of the football world after performing a bizarre rendition of the Maori haka before their clash with Capri today.
Early reports suggest AC Milan’s pre-match stunt at San Siro Stadium was a promotional gimmick for sponsors Nivea, with the players making gestures including wiping their faces – as one might when they’re applying moisturiser or facial cream.
Whether it falls into the culturally insensitive category, or merely just a bit weird, it certainly seems unbecoming of one of the great powerhouses in world club football.
From Maldini, Baresi, Van Basten and Costacurta to the Nivea Haka… RIP AC Milan. pic.twitter.com/IQ4wACB5ph
— Si (@SmnLlyd5) April 21, 2016
Ac Milan have gone from the best team in the world to performing the Haka for money in just 11 years. Very sad pic.twitter.com/hfHiXkdYtx
— Round The Bend (@ROUNDTHEBEND__) April 21, 2016
Coincidentally, San Siro Stadium played host to the most famous purveyors of the haka, the All Blacks, in 2009 when an 81,000-strong crowd turned out for their Test against Italy.