Wednesday May 23 2018
Ex-Italy striker faces prison?

Former Juventus and Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta reportedly faces six years in prison for alleged mafia links.

The 2006 World Cup winner was indicted back in December 2015 for illegal possession of firearms, according to Deutsche Welle and AFP, as well intention to aid the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia.

More than 140 people have been trialled in the case, one of whom is Iaquinta’s father, for whom prosecutors are demanding 19 years’ imprisonment.

Several suspects are suspected of having helped the ’Ndrangheta profit illegally from reconstruction projects in the Emilia-Romagna region after two earthquakes in 2012.

Others are believed to have been helping the ‘Ndrangheta to infiltrate the north of Italy, where the organisation is traditionally weaker.

Among the crimes being levelled against the various defendants are false billing, fraud, usury and extortion.

Iaquinta played for the likes of Udinese, Juve and Cesena and scored six goals in 40 caps for Italy, prior to his retirement in 2012.

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