Gennaro Gattuso has accused Barbara Berlusconi of showing Adriano Galliani a lack of respect - before claiming that there is no place for women in football.
AC Milan CEO Galliani has been locked in a power struggle with Berlusconi at San Siro and last week sensationally claimed that he would be resigning after the Champions League clash with Ajax on December 11.
The 69-year-old was ultimately persuaded to perform a u-turn by his adversary's father, club owner Silvio, but Gattuso is upset that Galliani's leadership skills were ever questioned - particularly by a female.
"I think that someone like him, for everything he has done and how he has managed the club for all these years now, deserves respect," the former Rossoneri midfielder told Radio Radio.
"And then, women, I'm sorry to say, I don't see them as a part of the world of football."
Turning his attention to this season's Serie A race, the ex-Palermo boss admitted that he expects Juventus to rack up a third successive title, even though he admires the tenacity Roma have shown so far this season, and in their 1-1 draw at Atalanta in particular.
"For me, Juventus remain the team to beat," the World Cup winner mused. "Roma are doing great things but Juventus have an incredible group and that was obvious in the last game, against Udinese [a last-gasp 1-0 win].
"However, Roma impressed me in Bergamo [against Atalanta]. They did everything not to lose and managed not to."
Gattuso joined AC Milan from Salernitana in 1999 and won two Champions Leagues and two Scudetti during his 13-year stay at San Siro.