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Volley Maniago Pordenone sues Lara Lugli for falling pregnant during season

An Italian volleyball club has triggered outrage across the sporting world for sacking a player and then suing her for falling pregnant during the season.

Lara Lugli, 41, was captain of Volley Maniago Pordenone (VMP) when they fired her in March 2019 after she informed them she was pregnant.

Lugli had a miscarriage a month later and was left stunned when the club still decided to pursue court action, in a case that has outraged Italian politicians.

VMP is claiming Lugli failed to inform the club she was planning to have a baby when she signed a contract to play for the club during the 2018-19 season.

Lugli, 41, said she was being treated as if she had done something “illicit and malicious” after requesting $3850 owed to her for the month she played before finding out she was pregnant.

VMP is accusing Lugli of intentionally concealing her pregnancy plans in an attempt to secure a higher salary.

The club alleges Lugli “hid her desire to be a mother” which consequently saw the team perform poorly and led to a loss of sponsorship money.

Lara Lugli, 41, was captain of Volley Maniago Pordenone (VMP) when they fired her in March 2019 after she informed officials she was pregnant.  Credit: Getty

“When I read the legal document, I was so angry,” Lugli told the Guardian.

“I’ve been playing volleyball for 25 years and had given it everything – they knew this. They said a 38-year-old woman should have known whether she wanted to have a baby and therefore should have said something.

“Not only did they call into question my professionalism but they are comparing pregnancy to illicit and malicious conduct – it’s a very serious thing.”

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