ex-footballer Fabrizio Miccoli sentenced to three and a half years in prison for extortion

The facts date back to 2010 when he played in Palermo.

Former Italian international Fabrizio Miccoli, a former Palermo striker who also played for Juventus, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for extortion in a mafia setting, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

The Court of Cassation confirmed Tuesday evening this sentence pronounced in 2017 and already confirmed for the first time on appeal in January 2020 against the ex-player, now 42 years old, international ten times in 2003 and 2004, according to several media. The Court of Cassation did not respond to AFP’s requests.

The facts date back to the early 2010s, when Miccoli was playing in Palermo. He was accused of having hired someone to collect a large sum of money from the owner of a nightclub on behalf of a club member.

No alternative sentence having been pronounced, the player presented himself on Wednesday at a prison in Rovigo (Veneto) to start serving his sentence, reported in particular the Gazzetta dello Sport and the Repubblica.

« I am a footballer, I am not a mafioso, I am against the ideas of the mafia“, Had assured Miccoli, in tears, during a press conference in 2013 of which the Gazzetta dello Sport rebroadcast the images Wednesday.

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