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Palermo player Miccoli to speak about alleged mob ties

Wiretaps said to have recorded team captain insulting Falcone

24 June, 17:50
Palermo player Miccoli to speak about alleged mob ties (ANSA) - Palermo, June 24 - A press conference will be held on Wednesday by Palermo player Fabrizio Miccoli after wiretaps were released revealing he had alleged mobster ties and recorded him insulting former anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone who was killed along with his wife and three bodyguards on May 23, 1992 by a roadside bomb.

Miccoli reportedly called Falcone "filth" in a telephone conversation with the son of fugitive mob boss Antonino Lauricella.

The Palermo forward and captain is also under investigation for extortion after he reportedly asked Mauro Lauricella to collect money owed to him, said Palermo investigators.

Miccoli's contract with the Palermo team is up on June 30.

The player's agent, Francesco Caliandro, said that Wednesday's press conference to be held in Rome was organized "quickly" to talk about the player's next moves after his contract expires and to clear up allegations of mobster links.