Milan reportedly had journalists followed by a private detective, went through their employees’ devices and swept offices for bugs during the Yonghong Li administration.
According to La Repubblica, the final months of the Chinese patron’s tenure were characterised by paranoia over leaked information.
The situation is emerging now because former CEO Marco Fassone is suing Milan for unfair dismissal.
The report states that Milan hired private investigators Carpinvest srl to follow four reporters: Enrico Currò and Luca Pagni of La Repubblica, Carlo Festa of Il Sole 24 Ore and Tobia De Stefano di Libero.
It seems to have been a costly operation and new owners Elliott Management Corporation, who took over after Yonghong Li defaulted on his loan payments, were confused by the €80,000 bill that arrived for Carpinvest services.
The tracking of journalists ran from February 19 to March 2, involving four investigators and two cars.
It wasn’t the only extreme action Milan allegedly took to find out who was leaking information about Yonghong Li’s crumbling house of cards.
The club also demanded access to go through laptops, tablets and smartphones of Rossoneri directors, then requested phone records from Telecom Italia for four employees: Agata Frigerio, Giuseppe Mangiarano, Giovanna Zian and Angela Zucca.
It still wasn’t over, as Milan also hired a company to sweep the club offices for bugs.
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