Thursday January 25 2018
Foggia owner arrested

Foggia owner Fedele Sannella has been arrested in connection with alleged money laundering.

The club has already been accused of tax fraud, with prosecutors alleging that honorary vice-President Ruggiero Massimo Curci paid players and staff in cash to avoid paying tax.

Yesterday in Rome though Sannella was arrested, accused of receiving and laundering some of the money which arose from Curci’s activities.

In total €378,750 is alleged to have been used to pay players, coaches and agents under the table, with Curci arrested in December.

The former vice-President has been accused of money laundering and of being part of a criminal network which favoured the Catanian mafia in Milan and Brianza.

It’s alleged that some of the dirty money ended up in Foggia’s coffers in 2015-16 and 2016-17, which is why Sannella was arrested.

Foggia risk a three or four point deduction in Serie B, and Gazzetta dello Sport reports that they could even have a commissioner appointed to run the club.

It’s common practice for the judiciary to appoint a commissioner to a business when there’s suspected mafia involvement, but it’s never happened to a professional club before.

A hearing is set for February 13 at which it will be decided whether that measure will be applied.

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