Former Italian international Fabrizio Miccoli has been finally sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for racketeering. The Court of Cassation confirmed an earlier conviction from 2017 on Tuesday evening, which had already been confirmed on appeal in January 2020.
The 42-year-old former attacker from Palermo and Juventus, among others, has been jailed for facts that took place in 2010. He then enlisted the son of a Sicilian mafia boss to put pressure on the owner of a nightclub who would still owe him money. to be.
The ten-time international presented himself to the prison of Rovigo (Venice) on Wednesday to start his sentence. At an earlier press conference in 2013, Miccoli had maintained his innocence. “I am a footballer, not a mafioso, I am against the ideas of the mafia,” he said at the time.
In his career, Miccoli mainly caused a furore at Palermo, but also played football in Serie A for Perugia, Juventus (2003-2004) and Fiorentina. At the end of 2015 he hung the shoes on the hook.