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Genoa, pm: ‘The ultrà menaced Izzo, the company knew but was silent’ | A league

New details emerge on the investigation opened by the Prosecutor of Genoa about the presence of a real one criminal group within Genoa’s organized supporters.

According to investigators who at the beginning of June subjected eight ultra-reddish-blue leaders to arrests with charges, among others, of criminal association, private violence and extortion, the group over the years has subjected other fans and members of the Griffin to various blackmail and deeds intimidators, coming to obtain substantial economic figures from the company led by Enrico Preziosi in exchange for the guarantee of ‘peace’ in the stands.

Among the most striking episodes reported by the prosecutors of the investigation, Francesca Rombolà and Francesco Pinto, emerges a verbal attack against former Genoa defender Armando Izzo dating back to March 27, 2017. During a dinner in a city restaurant, the then rossoblù defender was joined and surrounded by a group of fans, evidently unhappy with the poor performance of the team. After having let the player out of the club, the ultrà would have told him and his companions to think less about free time and more about the field. A message that the perpetrators of the threat would have received orders to bring to the recipient directly from the leaders of the criminal group.

According to a wiretap, the next day precious he would have personally phoned one of the ultrà chiefs complaining of what had happened: “I don’t accept that someone touches an employee of mine or my team – said the president to his interlocutor – Izzo was in a restaurant and they broke his balls in 15 of which 10 ultrà. Now I put all things in the square because I have evidence of everything, because I broke my balls. “

Two months later Preziosi himself, questioned by the prosecutors, however denied being aware of the episode, not denouncing the intimidation suffered by Izzo.

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