Boban sacked by AC Milan over spat with Gazidis

2019/09/26: Zvonimir Boban, Chief Football Officer of AC Milan, looks on prior to the Serie A football match between Torino FC and AC Milan. Torino FC won 2-1 over AC Milan.

AC Milan have officially announced on their website that Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban's contract has been terminated. The former Rossoneri No. 10 has been with the club just nine months after leaving his role as the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA. Boban was involved in a public spat with CEO Ivan Gazidis last week where he accused the latter of going behind the back of the technical directors to approach Ralf Rangnick thus undermining their roles as we reported here.

The club statement notably read, “The Club will keep supporting Stefano Pioli and his first team in all areas and is optimistic looking ahead to the remaining games of the 2020 season. The Club’s ambition remains to return to the top tier of European Football, while investing responsibly in the team in compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play.”

Milan's CEO Ivan Gazidis said in a statement, “We thank Zvone for his efforts over the past nine months and wish him well in his future endeavours. We must now turn our attention to football and the important games to come. Stefano Pioli and his staff are doing an exceptional job growing the performances of the team every week and will have our full support as they continue this work, in what is a difficult time for the country.”
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