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Ex-Liverpool Keeper Pepe Reina To Face Hearing Over Mafia Links

Ex-Liverpool Keeper Pepe Reina To Face Hearing Over Mafia Links
By Eoin Lyons Updated

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has called a hearing with former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina over his relationship with individuals linked to the mafia after an investigation by Naple's anti-mafia department.

Reina, along with former Napoli players Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica, will be pressed on their relationships with Esposito, Gabriele & Francesco Guiseppe.

In a FIGC statement about the hearing the body described the nature of Reina's relationship with the three brothers:

To have 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 (availability of use of large cars owned by Esposito Gabriele and access to the restricted area of the San Paolo stadium during official competitions).

The Esposito brothers have been arrested as part of a wider investigation by the authorities in Naples.

Cannavaro, who had two spells with the Naples club, retired at Sassuolo in 2017. Aronica was at Napoli between 2008 and 2013 before joining Palermo.

Reina is set to leave Napoli for AC Milan in the summer when his contract expires with the Serie A side.

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