Former Juventus and Real Madrid star Fabio Cannavaro has been handed a jail sentence for breaking the police seal at his home.
The ex-Italy international defender’s villa had been seized as part of a planning abuse investigation, but the 41-year-old breached orders to keep out of his property.
Cannavaro was slapped with a 10-month jail term, while his brother Paolo, who plays for Serie A side Sassuolo, and his wife Daniela Arenoso were also hit with custodial sentences.
However, the trio immediately appealed, which means the sentences are suspended until the court has re-visited the case.
According to an investigation led by prosecutor Luigi Cannavale in the southern Italian city of Naples, they went to the villa for a dip in the pool – ignoring the fact the property had been seized and they were banned from entering.
Prosecutors said the villa had been confiscated for suspected abuse of building regulations, failing to secure planning permission from the local council to carry out works to the house, the garden and pool.
The Cannavaro brothers and Arenoso were acquitted over the planning permission allegations, but convicted for entering a property illegally.
The former world player of the year, who enjoyed spells at Juventus and Real Madrid, has just started his managerial career leading Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande into the Asian Champions League this week.
Glittering honours as a player do not guarantee success in the dug-out and World Cup-winner Cannavaro is taking the plunge at a club where expectations are sky-high.
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