Former Italian football star on trial for Mafia links


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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