Just last week, per BBC Sport, chief executive Adriano Galliani agreed to share his role with club president Silvio Berlusconi's daughter, Barbara.
Per the article, the move prompted anger from Gattuso, who said, "For someone like Galliani there should be more respect. I can't really see women in football. I don't like to say it but that's how it is."
Former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso says there is no place for women in football— InsideWorldFootball (@insidewldftball) December 5, 2013
Gattuso has long since been a controversial figure, renowned throughout his playing career as a particularly hostile presence in the midfield.
Among his highlights included a ban for a headbutt on Joe Jordan, as described by the Daily Mail, when Jordan was the Tottenham assistant manager at the time.
His comments on this occasion, though, will be of particular disappointment to the sport's authorities, with gender equality a particular concern at the current time.
While there are prominent female figures in the sport, such as West Ham director Karren Brady, they remain few and far between at high levels—including within the governing body at FIFA.
Whatever Gattuso's personal feelings are regarding Berlusconi and his daughter, having spent 13 years at the San Siro, his comments regarding the role of women are wrong and should be condemned.
Football clubs are now a business, and there is no reason to substantiate his comments undermining the potential of women to get involved. Indeed, it can surely be hoped that the presence of a figure like Berlusconi can help encourage more women to believe that there is a role for them in the sport.
Gattuso: “I just can’t see women in football..” And with that goes his chance of being Seedorf’s assistant.— Pete Acquaviva (@PDAcquaviva) December 4, 2013
With Gattuso having made a couple of disappointing attempts to get into management, he is doing his job prospects little help with such outdated comments.
Sadly, though, there will still be many who agree with the Italian or are inclined to simply accept the statements as representative of footballing culture. In the modern day, it shouldn't be the case.