GdS: Next phase of Milan investigation begins with analysis of devices

By Oliver Fisher -

The next phase of the investigation into AC Milan has begun, a report claims, with the analysis of the devices seized now commenced.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that after the searches earlier in the month, it is now time for the authorities to analyse the contents of the digital devices, including the laptops, phones and other IT equipment seized.

The investigation by the Milan Prosecutor’s Office into the sale of AC Milan from Elliott to RedBird – which involves the current CEO Giorgio Furlani, the former CEO Ivan Gazidis and a third figure not yet disclosed – is continuing.

In fact, the activity of extrapolating data, through forensic copies, from telephones and other IT devices began yesterday – Monday 25 March – and is still ongoing.

The investigators’ analyses of the devices will be based in particular on 41 keywords already selected to dig through emails, exchanged messages and other useful documents.

It is precisely from the analyses on the devices that we await answers and possible feedback on the disputed hypothesis of Elliott’s still current control over Milan, as a sort of hidden owner. These accusations have already been flatly denied by both Elliott Management and RedBird Capital.

The technical investigation follows the searches carried out on 12 March by the Special Currency Police Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, which took place on both in the offices of Casa Milan and in private homes.

Both Furlani and Gazidis are under investigation for obstructing the supervisory functions of the Football Federation, to which the prosecutors sent the search decree for possible further investigation on the sporting justice front. The defence of the suspects decided not to resort to the Review against the searches and seizures.


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