Cannavaro gets jail term for taking a swim

The former captain of Italy’s national football team, Fabio Cannavaro, has been handed a ten month sentence for entering his own villa and taking a swim in the pool.

Cannavaro gets jail term for taking a swim
Fabio Cannavaro led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

The footballer, who led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, broke a police seal at his home in Naples after it was seized by authorities last October as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged tax evasion.

His wife, Daniela Arenoso, and brother, Paolo, were also convicted of breaching the ban on entering the property, Il Mattino reported. Both were given sentences of four and six months, respectively.

The three also faced accusations of failing to secure planning permission for works carried out on the house and surrounding area, but were acquitted.

Cannavaro is being investigated on suspicion of running a sham company to avoid paying more than €1 million in tax.

He had property and other assets worth €900,000 confiscated in connection with the probe into a luxury boat rental business that the 41-year-old ran with his wife.

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Switzerland and Italy hope to deliver cross-border worker tax deal ‘by 2021’

Switzerland and Italy have pledged to conclude a long-awaited tax arrangement for cross-border workers by the end of the year.

Switzerland and Italy hope to deliver cross-border worker tax deal ‘by 2021’

At a meeting in Rome between Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the two leaders said progress was being made on a cross-border tax arrangement. 

The agreement, originally negotiated in 2015, has as yet not been signed by either state. 

READ: How Switzerland avoided a coronavirus 'catastrophe' by protecting cross-border workers 

A 1974 agreement between the two countries doesn’t define cross-border worker. 

Sommaruga praised Switzerland’s decision to reject an initiative which would have restricted migration from EU countries and perhaps had impacts on cross-border workers. 

“In last Sunday's referendum, the Swiss people once again said that they want the free movement of people. It is a good thing for our country but it is also a good thing for the whole of Europe,” she said. 

“With neighbouring countries, Switzerland has adopted a regional approach excluding border regions and also cross-border workers from the quarantine regime. 

“I hope we can continue like this.”

While Switzerland rejected the migration limitation initiative, Ticino was one of four of Switzerland’s 26 cantons to vote in favour. 

Conte told reporters he hoped a deal was concluded “as soon as possible” and hoped it would be concluded by 2021. 

Conte hailed Italian cross-border workers as essential to the health system in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. 

READ: How Switzerland's cross-border workers are growing in number 

In the canton of Ticino, one in five healthcare workers lives over the border in Italy – approximately 4,000 people. Ticino’s population swells from approximately 360,000 people to 440,000 during an average work day due to cross-border workers from Italy.

Unlike with Italy, Switzerland has struck a tax deal for cross-border workers from neighbouring France, which was amended during the coronavirus pandemic.