- Fabrizio Miccoli has been sentenced to three-and-a-half-year jail term
- The former Italian international was sentenced to prison over mafia extortion
- Miccolo had 10 caps for Italy and made over 100 appearances for both Ternana and Palermo
Fabrizio Miccoli, former Juventus star, has been handed a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence by an Italian judge over alleged Mafia extortion on Wednesday, January 8.
Miccoli was found guilty of seeking out assistance from the son of a notorious mafia boss Antonino Calderone to recover a debt for a friend in the Kalsa district of Palermo.
The 40-year-old ex-footballer was reported to have joined the mafia gang in hope he would help assist a friend who was allegedly owed £17,000 - an amount which came from sale of a nightclub deal in Sicily.
Although the former star's lawyers have vowed to make an appeal, there are indications that Miccoli's move to upturn the verdict may hit the rock with huge evidence presented against him in the first verdict.
According to report from Dailymail, Miccolo had 10 caps for Italy and made over 100 appearances for both Ternana and Palermo which booked him a place in FIFA 13 legend' on Ultimate Team.
The former Italian international had a brief spell with Serie A giants Juventus before drawing curtain on his career as a professional footballer.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that former Sheffield and Juventus striker, Darko Kovacevic, has cheated death after being shot outside his Athens home in Greece.
Kovacevic is said to have been ambushed by two men outside his residence who opened gunfire in his direction.
Thankfully, none of the bullets hit the retired Serbian international, with Marca reporting the former player is out of danger.
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