Milan fans protest outside Berlusconi's house as AC takeover talks stall

AC Milan fans staged a protest outside the residence of the Serie A club's president Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday as they lost their patience at the ongoing negotiations to sell the club.

Berlusconi, who has owned the Rossoneri for three decades, has been holding talks about selling his majority stake in the club for over a year now.

Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol was close to taking a 48 percent stake a year ago, but Berlusconi called that deal off at the last minute, while he has already put back the deadline for a Chinese group of investors to match his valuation several times this summer.

With no progress being made off the field, none is being made on it either with funds for transfers frozen while the negotiations are being conducted, and a group of Milan fans representing the Curva Sud section of the San Siro -- where the club's most passionate fans are located -- are running out of patience.

"Enough now!" said a banner held up outside Berlusconi's residence in Arcore, near Milan.

Another banner called for "respect" and Mediaset reports that one of Berlusconi's aides, Valentino Valentini, emerged to speak with the fans.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, three of the fans were then invited into Berlusconi's home, where the club president explained the situation to them, giving them the answers they had been looking for, with the protest ending shortly after.

The protest came just hours after Milan beat Bayern Munich on penalties in a preseason friendly.

"It was a great performance," said coach Vincenzo Montella after the game. "These are good foundations upon which we can carry forward our work with even more conviction."