Repubblica report today that Milan will be made to pay out over €5m to former director Zvonimir Boban, after the former midfielder had taken the club to court over his sacking in March. Previously the Chief Football Officer for the Rossoneri, the Croat had been made to leave following an interview last February in which he criticised the club.
In particular, Boban pointed out that the club had begun discussions with German manager Ralf Rangnick behind his and Paolo Maldini’s back. The director was then sacked, with executive Ivan Gazidis claiming that the former Rossoneri player had smeared the club.
As no agreement was found in the ensuing months, the case was taken to court. This Tuesday Milan were ordered to pay out €5.37m in compensation to Boban, with a judge deeming the sacking as “illegitimate”.
Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara also gave testimonies at the trial, which took place in Milan.
As a player, Boban had spent ten years in Lombardy, winning four league titles as well as the Champions League in 1994, while also turning out for Dinamo Zagreb, Bari and Celta Vigo. In June 2019, the former Croatian international returned to the Rossoneri as Chief Football Officer, a role which he held for nine months until his eventual sacking.