Serie A: Former Palermo striker Fabrizio Micoli released from prison

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Fabrizio Micoli has been released from prison after pleading guilty to extortion from the Mafia method since late last year in Lecce. The Venice Court accepted the appeal of the player’s lawyer.

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After several weeks of asking for his release, Fabrizio Micoli was heard: Friday, May 13, the former Palermo captain left the Rovigo prison. The 42-year-old former assailant was detained since late 2021 after serving a three-year and six-month prison sentence with a brief procedure for aggravated extortion by the mafia method in October 2017. The appeal prepared by his lawyer was accepted by the Supervisory Court of Venice, based on the trial mission given to him earlier by the court itself.

Links to the Sicilian Mafia that drowned Mikoli

The former Italian international (10 caps, two goals between 2003 and 2004) will be able to return to Salento, a peninsula in the extreme southeast of the Puglia region, to dedicate himself to his football school again, reports Repubblica. . However, he has to respect the judge’s instructions, namely not to associate with other criminals involved in his investigation and not to return home after midnight.

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In April 2015, Micoli allegedly instructed Mauro Lauricella, son of Sicilian mobster Antonino Lauricella, who is known for organized crime in Palermo, to extort money from a contractor on behalf of the club’s former physiotherapist Giorgio Gasparini. for. A case that follows a previous investigation was uncovered by the Italian press agency ANSA, in June 2013, of extortion from a nightclub manager. “I’m a footballer, I’m not a Mafia, I’m against the ideas of the Mafia,” Mikoli assured in tears during a press conference at the time.

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In addition to Palermo, where he became an idol of Tifossi, Micoli played one season at Juventus Turin (2003–2004). He also wore the colors of Perugia and Fiorentina, amassing more than 250 Serie A games (103 goals scored). He retired from the sport at the end of 2015, following his last experience at the Maltese Championship.

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