Vincenzo Iaquinta to face trial over alleged mafia links

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Vincenzo Iaquinta is set to stand trial in Italy for allegedly having links to the Calabrian mafia.

The former Juventus and Italy forward, who was a part of the squad which lifted the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, has been ordered to a make a court appearance, according to the Daily Mail.

It is claimed that the now-retired centre forward is one of over 140 people who will stand trial in relation to having links with the 'Ndrangheta - an organised crime network deemed to be the most powerful in Italy.

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The court charges against those that have been summoned range from having any involvement with the organisation to being an active member of the Calabrian mafia.

The charges against Iaquinta are said to include the illegal act of being in possession of firearms and also the intention to assist the 'Ndrangheta.

It doesn't make for any good reading for the Iaquinta family, as his father has also been summoned for trial, however, the 36-year old's legal representative has claimed it would be for more serious offences of association than the former footballer.

It has been reported in Italy that the trial judge, Francesca Zavaglia, has announced that it will commence on March 23, 2016.

Juventus' forward Vincenzo Iaquinta cont

It's a news story that has the potential to tarnish a career that Iaquinta had built in Italy, where he spent his whole career. He retired in 2013 and is best remembered for his time at Udinese and Juventus in the Serie A, but ended his career with a loan move to Cesena.

The traditional target man's career highlight was featuring in five matches during the Azzurri's successful World Cup campaign in 2006 - including in the final against France, where the Italians eventually triumphed 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

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