Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Soccer: Corleone revokes Miccoli's honorary citizenship

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Palermo, July 1 - An angry city council in the
Sicilian town of Corleone has revoked the citizenship of a star
soccer player who cursed the memory of slain anti-mafia judge
Giovanni Falcone.
Last week, Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli tearfully
apologized for his remarks about Falcone, who was assassinated
in 1992 along with his wife and three bodyguards in a massive
mafia bombing.
The striker has been linked to Cosa Nostra over alleged
extortion and a phone-card scam, and in a wiretapped
conversation with a Cosa Nostra boss's son, Miccoli called
Falcone "filth".
Miccoli later said that he grew up with "anti-mafia values"
and always took part in matches in support of the fight against
the Mob.
The striker said also he was confident he would be cleared
of links to Cosa Nostra.
But that did not satisfy councillors Corleone, a town once
synonymous with organized crime.
"It was the least we could do" after the soccer star's
remarks became public, said Mayor Leoluchina Savona.
The former Palermo captain has been a role model of
Corleone children, "promoting such values as loyalty, solidarity
and healthy competition," added Savona.
But no more, said the mayor, adding the revocation was
requested by several town councillors.
"Falcone is a civic hero," he added.
Falcone's long-time friend and fellow anti-mafia crusader
Paolo Borsellino was slain by a car bomb along with five
policemen in Palermo 57 days after Falcone's murder.
They are Italy's most iconic martyrs in the battle against
organised crime.

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