Montolivo and the alleged ‘Donadoni coup’ at Milan – lawsuit dismissed by prosecutor

By Isak Möller -

Riccardo Montolivo left Milan after the 2018/19 season and announced his decision to retire in November the same year. He hasn’t been able to leave the Rossoneri behind him though, up until now. 

As reported by Calcio E Finanza, the midfielder’s lawsuit from November, 2018, has been dismissed by the prosecutor. The lawsuit concerns an incident that took place back then, as Montolivo was having dinner with Leonardo and Roberto Donadoni.

His agent was also present at the dinner, and since Leonardo was Milan’s director at the time, rumours began to spread about a potential ‘coup’. SportItalia’s Michele Crisciello, who the lawsuit was filed against, came up with an extraordinary report.

He suggested that Montolivo was looking to oust Gennaro Gattuso, the manager of Milan at the time, and replace him with Donadoni. The journalist used the parties previous poor relationship in his assessment, which turned out to be completely incorrect.

Nevertheless, the prosecutor decided to dismiss the lawsuit as the comments made by Crisciello weren’t defamatory enough. In addition, it was clear already back then that the report had to be taken with a pinch of salt.

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