Serie A. Fabrizio Miccoli imprisoned. He collaborated with the Italian mafia

The day before, the Court of Cassation confirmed the verdict issued in 2017. Miccoli was convicted of hiring a person to extort a large sum of money from the owner of a nightclub in Palermo in 2010. The investigation revealed the footballer’s contacts with the son of the Sicilian “Cosa Nostra” boss Mauro Lauricella.

The disclosure of the scandal wrecked Miccoli’s career. – I’m a footballer, not a member of the mafia – he said with tears in his eyes during a press conference in 2013.

The Miccoli case contributed to the establishment of a parliamentary anti-mafia commission in December 2017, which condemned the ever-deepening penetration of the mafia with the world of football.

The 42-year-old Miccoli remains the top scorer in the history of Palermo football club to this day. In 2007-13, he scored 81 goals in his colors. He has also performed for Juventus Turin, Perugia, Fiorentina and Benfica Lisbon. He played 10 matches for the Italian national team (2003/04). He ended his career in 2015 at the Birkirkara club in Malta.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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