An Italian businessman has sued former AC Milan and Inter Milan superstar Sulley Muntari in an Accra High Court to recover a debt of $100,000, claiming the player contracted him to book air tickets and hotel rooms for the midfielder, his family and friends.
The Italy-based businessman Rodrigo Renato Gianno travelled to Ghana this week to take the court action after the current player of Accra Hearts of Oak evaded all attempts to get him to pay the money.
This is the businessman’s second attempt to use the courts to force the former Black Stars player to pay the money.
Muntari is accused of refusing or neglecting to pay the businessman the stated amount as cheques issued by the footballer were all dishonored by the banks.
The former Black Stars player has not publicly responded to the legal claims made by the businessman to the court.
The move to travel to Ghana to take the court action at the Accra High Court comes after an Italian court ruled in favour of the businessman but Gianno claims Muntari has dodged all attempts to get him to pay the money.
The Italian businessman’s latest court action is designed to get the ruling so that in event the famous midfielder refuses to pay, he will sell the landed property of Muntari in Ghana to recover his money.
Gianno sued the former Portsmouth and Sunderland star player at the High Court on Tuesday demanding the payment of €97,320 ($100,000) which he claimed the footballer has refused to pay him.
The Italian businessman revealed that between 2015 and 2017, the former AC Milan star contracted him to book and pay for various airline tickets and various hotel rooms for himself, his family and friends.
It was the period in Muntari’s career when he moved from AC Milan to Saudi side Ittihad before returning to Italy to play for Pescara in the top-flight league.
The footballer, according to the writ at the Accra High Court, had acknowledged the debt to the businessman and promised to pay but attempts to get him to pay has proven futile, forcing the decision to seek the intervention of the court.
Gianno sued the Ghanaian footballer at the Court of Milan in 2019 and got judgement in his favour but three years since the ruling in the European country, the money has still not been paid.
With no known Muntari properties in the European country, the Italian businessman has travelled to Ghana to start the court action which he believes would be ruled in his favour.
Armed with the ruling, he can get the authorities to enforce the ruling so that some of the property of the Ghanaian footballer in Ghana can be sold to offset the debt.
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