Former Italian football star on trial for Mafia links

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Italian player Vincenzo Iaquinta celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup 2010 qualification match betwen Italy and Bulgaria in Turin, Italy, 09 September 2009.

A Bologna judge on Monday sent over 140 people to trial for alleged involvement in the activities of the Calabrian-based “Ndrangheta” mafia in Northern Italy.


Former Italian football star, Vincenzo Iaquinta, will stand trial together with another 139 people for having links with Southern Italy’s “Ndrangheta” mafia.

A Bologna judge on Monday ordered the trial as he accuses all the suspects of helping “Ndrangheta” mafia to infiltrate the country’s rich north. The ex-striker, who helped Italy won the World Cup in 2006, is charged with illegal weapons possession aggravated by intent to abet mafia links. Italian news agency ANSA reported that his father...


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