Published:  12:00 AM, 20 March 2017

Juventus president Agnelli denies mafia ties

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who faces a grilling by an Italian anti-mafia commission, on Saturday angrily denied claims he knowingly met bosses of a feared organized crime group.

 Agnelli was summoned after wiretap evidence from an ongoing investigation into the 'Ndrangheta linked staff at the Serie A champions to the Calabria-based criminal network. It follows claims by an Italian football federation (FIGC) official that Agnelli and three other club officials maintained "contact" with an alleged 'Ndrangheta member.

In a Twitter message last week Agnelli said he had "never met mafia bosses".And after receiving from federal prosecutors his summons to give evidence, Agnelli read out and then published a defiant statement of denial.

-AFP, Milan

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