Christian Vieri is to sue his former club Internazionale over allegations that they employed a firm of private investigators to spy into his personal life.
Vieri’s lawyer, Danilo Buongiorno, said the 33-year-old striker was seeking nine million euros from the Serie A club, as compensation for “moral, existential, image, and patrimonial damages”.
He was seeking an additional 12 million euros from Telecom Italia over claims that the company relayed information about his phone records to the investigators.
Vieri played for Inter between 1999 and 2005, scoring 103 goals in 144 games. He now plays for Atalanta.
His relations with his former club were poisoned last September, however, when the Italian Football Federation’s office of investigation opened a probe into claims that Inter had spied on Vieri and former referee Massimo De Santis, the referee found guilty of in last year’s match-fixing scandal.