Leonardo Bonucci is taking legal action against his former club, Juventus. The 36-year-old Italian international is suing the Serie A club for damages following his move to Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on September 1.
Bonucci, who made over 500 appearances for Juventus across two stints and won the Serie A title eight times, had a limited role in the team last season, with just 16 league appearances and nine starts. He was informed by Massimiliano Allegri at the start of pre-season that he was no longer part of the club’s plans.
Despite expressing his desire to stay, Bonucci was excluded from the pre-season tour of the United States and was not assigned a squad number. In August, Umberto Calcagno, the president of Italy’s players’ association (AIC), called for Bonucci’s reinstatement, alleging that Juventus violated the collective bargaining agreement, saying the Bianconeri(juventuts) had ‘trampled on Bonucci’s dignity’. In response, Juventus released a statement reaffirming their actions and their readiness to defend them if necessary.
If Bonucci succeeds in his case, he plans to donate all damages to Neuroland, a charity supporting families with children recovering in the neurosurgical ward of Turin’s Regina Margherita children’s hospital. This cause is especially meaningful to Bonucci, as his son Matteo received care in that ward.
Bonucci, who has announced his retirement at the end of the current season, joined Union Berlin on a free transfer and has yet to make his debut for his new club.