By Chineze Ogugua
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to face an Italian Football Federation disciplinary hearing over alleged links to a Naples-based mafia.
In a statement released by the FIGC, Reina was said to have maintained a relationship involving the exchange of favours, with the owners of a Naples-based betting agency – Gabriele Esposito, Francesco Esposito and Giuseppe Esposito.
It read: “Reina entertained and continued to entertain relationships of acquaintance and friendship with Esposito Gabriele, prejudiced, Esposito Francesco and Esposito Giuseppe, factual owners of the EUROBET betting agency in Naples at Piazza Mercato, realised in holidays, exchange of courtesies.”
The Esposito brothers are accused of having ties to the Contini and Sarno clans within the Camorra mafia organization and have been arrested as part of the investigation. It is also believed that two of the suspects’ wives are of interest to the anti-mafia department.
Ex-Napoli and Sassuolo player Paolo Cannavaro is also being investigated over the same allegation.
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