Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Miccoli signs for Lecce after slain-judge slur


Lecce, July 15 - Former Italy striker Fabrizio
Miccoli has joined Lecce, the third-tier side said on Monday.
The player was at the centre of controversy last month when
wiretaps of a telephone conversation were published in which he
described slain anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone as "filth".
The 34-year-old made a tearful apology in a press
conference for the remarks he made in a wiretapped conversation
with a Cosa Nostra boss's son.
Falcone was assassinated in 1992 along with his wife and
three bodyguards in a massive mafia bombing.
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 later.
Falcone and Borsellino have come to be considered secular
saints in Italy for their martyrdom in the battle against
organised crime.
Former Juventus, Fiorentina and Benfica forward Miccoli
joins Lecce as a free agent after his contract with Palermo
expired last month.
The player, who comes from the Lecce area, had been at the
Sicilian club since 2007.
Lecce were in Serie A as recently as last year.
They were relegated from the top flight at the end of the
2011-12 season and then demoted by another tier after being
found guilty of involvement in match-fixing.
The southern side reached the third-tier promotion playoffs
last season, but failed to get back into Serie B in the final,
prompting violence by Lecce fans.

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