- Vincenzo Iaquinta has been handed a 2-year jail sentence for gun possession
- The former Italian striker was also accused of supporting a mafia group
- His father, Giuseppe was sentenced to 19-years in prison for his involvement
Former Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has been sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a gun in a mafia trial.
The 2006 World Cup winner was found guilty after he was investigated along with 147 individuals for assisting the 'Ndrangheta - an organised crime group based in Calabria, southern Italy.
The ex-Juventus striker was arrested in December 2015, before he was alleged to be in possession of firearms in May 2018.
Iaquinta was related to the offence of handling a Smith & Wesson 357 magnum caliber revolver, a 7.65 Browning Kelt-tec gun and 126 bullets during his time at Udinese.
He told the court at his trial that the guns had been kept at his house rather than handed to his father, Giuseppe.
Giuseppe who is banned from possession firearms, was also sentenced to 19 years in prison because he was involved with 'Ndrangheta.
Iaquinta was handed a more lenient prison sentence because he an ex-international but the prosecutor wanted a six-year jail term.
"I am a famous person,” Iaquinta explained at his trial in May.
“I bought the guns for the future more than anything else, when I’d stopped playing. I liked to go to the shooting range when I was at home.”
According to the laws in Italy, Iaquinta and his father are not technically guilty until they have exhausted all possible levels of appeal - which means he will not be imprisoned immediately.
Iaquinta represented his country in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was a second half substitute in the final against France.
He won 40 caps with the Azzuri and played club football with for Reggiolo, Padova, Castel di Sangro, Udinese, Juventus and a loan spell at Cesena - before hanging up his boots in 2013.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Paris Saint-Germain main man Neymar could face up to six years in prison as courts are set to re-examine his move from his boyhood club Santos to Barcelona.
In 2017, the Brazilian superstar was ordered to stand trial by a Spanish court for fraud regarding his move from Santos to Barcelona.
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