Football legend Maldini risks jail for alleged bribe

Football legend Maldini risks jail for alleged bribe
Ex-Italy footballer Paolo Maldini is accused of corruption. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
A Milan prosecutor has called for the former AC Milan player and Italy captain Paolo Maldini to be sentenced to one year and eight months in jail for alleged corruption.

Maldini, who retired from football in 2009 after 25-years with the Milan team, is accused of bribing a tax official and illegally accessing tax records at the Italian tax authority, Corriere della Sera reported on Wednesday.

Along with a number of other businessmen, he allegedly payed off tax official Luciano Bressi to avoid tax checks and abused his position within the organization to guarantee a property a deal in Tuscany.

Prosecutor Tiziano Masini is calling for the jail term after appealing an acquittal at the court of first instance in February last year.

Maldini’s lawyer, Danilo Buongiorno, said the 43-year-old “must also be acquitted on appeal” because “he did nothing wrong and has not committed any crime.”

The case got underway in 2009 when Maldini was caught on a wiretap asking Bressi to undertake a tax check on another man over the Tuscan property deal.

Maldini ended his 25-year career with Milan last season with 126 caps for Italy and more than 600 league games with Milan.

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