Genoa: A hotel in the northern Italian port city of Genoa is taking legal action against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s footballer son Al-Saadi for reportedly leaving an upaid bill of 300,000 euros.
Italian media reports said the hotel has asked a local court to order Al-Saadi to settle his bill, which he allegedly ran up during a month-long stay at the hotel’s luxury suite in 2007.
Al-Saadi, 35, is currently a striker for Genoa’s Sampdoria, and is the first Libyan footballer to play in Italy’s Serie A.
He joined Sampdoria during season 2006-2007, without playing a single match.
He joined UEFA Champions League qualifiers Udinese Calcio in 2005-06, playing only ten minutes in an end of season league match against Cagliari Calcio.
He signed for then-Italian Serie A team Perugia in 2003, playing only one match before failing a drug test.
Al-Saadi was formerly on the board of the Italian team Juventus, in which a Libyan consortium has a 7.5 percent share but he stepped down to join Perugia.
He was also captain of the Libyan national football team, captain of his home club in Tripoli, and president of the Libyan Football Federation.
Al-Saadi is a businessman and is married to the daughter of a military commander.