After losing an appeal in a Mafia ‘debt-collecting’ case, an ex-Juventus footballer was sentenced to prison.

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After losing an appeal in a Mafia ‘debt-collecting’ case, an ex-Juventus footballer was sentenced to prison.

After losing his appeal on an extortion charge, ex-Juventus striker Fabrizio Miccoli was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for allegedly turning to the Mafia to assist collect a debt.

Fabrizio Miccoli, a former Juventus and Palermo player, is said to have lost his appeal after being sentenced to three and a half years in prison for a Mafia extortion operation.

Miccoli, 42, was sentenced in January 2020 after being accused of enlisting the services of Mauro Lauricella, the son of a well-known Mafia boss named Antonino, in Palermo’s Kalsa district to recover a five-figure loan.

During a disagreement with a Sicilian businessman over the sale of a nightclub in Isola delle Femmine, the ex-Italian international allegedly tried to assist a friend who was owed €20,000 (£17,000).

He is claimed to have resorted to Lauricella for assistance in obtaining the funds, earning him an extortion accusation, and his case was not helped when detectives overheard him insulting anti-Mafia judge Giovanni Falcone.

Miccoli’s lawyers chose to appeal the sentence when it was handed down in January of last year, but Sky Sport Italia reports that the appeal has now been dismissed.

According to reports, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal because the “aggravating situation of the mafia approach precludes any possible gain in favor of the former footballer.”

Miccoli, who scored 103 goals in 259 Serie A appearances for Perugia, Juventus, Fiorentina, and Palermo, will now begin his three-year and six-month prison sentence.

In Italy, the former striker is best known for his six-year spell at Palermo, during which he scored 81 goals in 179 appearances.

Prior to joining Stadio Renzo Barbera in 2007, he had brief spells with other Serie A clubs Perugia, Juve, and Fiorentina, as well as two years on loan with Benfica in Portugal.

Miccoli played in Italy’s third tier with Lecce after leaving Palermo, and then finished his career in Malta with Birkirkara.

The Nardo native, who retired in 2015, also won 10 caps for his native Italy, scoring two goals in the process.

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