As reported by Corriere Della Sera, Anthony De Ávila, former player of América de Cali and the Colombian National Team, He was captured for crimes related to drug trafficking in Italy, in an operation in the city of Naples.
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The crimes for which he was prosecuted by the Italian judiciary were allegedly committed in 2001 in Naples and Genoa
“The crimes for which he was prosecuted by the Italian judiciary were allegedly committed in 2001 in Naples and Genoa,” the publication states.
According to the Italian media, From Ávila I had that arrest warrant for “drug trafficking and production“since 2004 and apparently he was captured in a fully routine territorial control operation.
According to the judicial media Il Matino, the former soccer player from Santa Marta He could pay a 12-year sentence for the crime for which he was arrested, claiming that De Ávila was linked to a drug trafficking gang in the Netherlands.
It is not the first time that the ‘smurf’ has ties to this dark world, because in 1997, prior to the 1998 World Cup in France, the Samarium dedicated the goal to the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers, detained at that time in Bogota for drug trafficking.
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“I am not afraid of what the United States may think for this dedication. If I made a mistake, God will judge me and I will accept the punishment. I remembered them (the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers) for some advice they gave me when I was 19 years, and I wanted to share the joy of my heart with people who are now going through a bad time, “he said after making the controversial dedication.
De Ávila’s case joins a black list of former players who have been investigated for links to drug trafficking, including names such as Jhon Viáfara (convicted), Edwin Congó, Diego León Osorio, Mauricio ‘El Chicho’ Serna and the René Higuita himself.