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Fabio Cannavaro handed 10-month prison sentence

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Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has been handed a 10-month jail sentence for breaching court orders.

The former footballer, who led Italy to their 2006 World Cup triumph, has been given the custodial sentence for breaching orders to keep out of his property after it was seized by Italian authorities.

The sentence comes as a result of the 41-year-old former Parma, Internazionale, Juventus and Real Madrid star going for a swim. Cannavaro and his wife, Daniela Arenoso, who are under investigation for tax evasion, went to their property to use their swimming pool but that was in breach of the order.

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Fabio in hot water

By failing to cooperate with the ruling after getting caught going for a swim, Cannavaro, who is currently the coach of Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande, his wife, and his brother Paolo, who plays for Serie A side Sassuolo, have all been handed custodial sentences.

All three of them have appealed the verdict, which means their sentence’s will be suspended until a final judgement is made on the matter.

Nervous wait over potential prison spell

In October, authorities in Naples seized goods belonging to Cannavaro and his wife that amounted to nearly €1million as well as their luxury yacht that is worth €180,000. The former Italian captain didn’t look like he was expecting that in the summer when he was on our screens as a World Cup pundit for ITV.

It is reported by the Guardian that Cannavaro’s company FD Service owes €1m in unpaid taxes and that is why his goods had been seized and he was ordered to stay away from his luxury property in October.

The Italian Agency of Revenue claims that FD Service didn’t pay enough Corporation Tax, Regional Tax and VAT over a five year period between 2005 and 2010.

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