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Fabio Quagliarella Reveals Napoli Exit Due to Cocaine, Camorra Mafia Allegations

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 28:  Fabio Quagliarella of Torino FC looks on during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Bologna FC  at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on November 28, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Torino striker Fabio Quagliarella has claimed he was forced to leave former team Napoli after anonymous letters sent to the club accused him of links to the Camorra mafia, cocaine usage and paedophilia.

The footballer was speaking to Sport Mediaset (h/t Calciomercato) after taking to the stand in a trial against a police officer alleged to have been stalking Quagliarella. During his briefing, the 32-year-old opened up about why his former club decided to move him on to Juventus in 2010:

[Napoli president] Aurelio De Laurentiis sold me because he had received anonymous letters and phone messages accusing me of taking cocaine during house parties with Camorra Mafia members

I was forced to leave my hometown and Napoli sold me to Juventus. I had been falsely accused of being a Camorrist and a pedophile who was doing orgies. President De Laurentiis used to call me every day, but after those letters he advised to me to leave my hometown Castellammare di Stabia to go live in a hotel, to be more calm and relaxed.

After that conversation that took place in Napoli's headquarters, he had never called me again.

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 09:  Fabio Quagliarella of SSC Napoli celebrates his second goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Atalanta BC at Stadio San Paolo on May 9, 2010 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

According to Football Italia, Quagliarella was testifying in the case against policeman Raffaele Piccolo, who is accused of sending threatening letters to the player, his father and clubs the striker had played for between the years of 2007 and 2010.

Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports provided some more detail on the trial currently involving Piccolo and Quagliarella:

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

Today Quagliarella in court has declared that Napoli got hundreds of defaming mails on him from this cop,pushing the club to sell him (cont)

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

The cop also sent tens of defaming mails to Quagliarella family, even sent a picture of a coffin with the player name on it (cont)

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

Allegedly the cop wanted to become friend of Quagliarella. At first he succeeded,but then turned mental and became more and more obsessed

The striker is well travelled in Italian football, currently enjoying his second stint at Torino. Aside from Napoli and Juventus he has also played for Udinese, Sampdoria, Ascoli and Fiorentina too. Quagliarella has also represented the national team on 25 occasions, scoring seven goals in the process.

The finest stint of Quagliarella’s career came during his time with the Bianconeri, winning three league titles in succession with the club between 2011 and 2014. This season he has scored five goals in 16 Serie A appearances.

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