Saturday, August 16, 2008

Roma star De Rossi's father-in-law shot in 'Mafia hit'

15th August 2008

Italian World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi was in mourning on Thursday after his father-in-law was gunned down in a suspected Mafia hit. Massimo Pisnoli, 48, was found with a gunshot wound to his face and back. Roma confirmed that the midfielder skipped Wednesday afternoon's training session.

De Rossi is also known to Manchester United fans for scoring Roma's only goal when they lost 7-1 at Old Trafford in a Champions League quarter final in April 2007.

A police source said: 'It was a classic execution a bullet in the back and one to the mouth – he was virtually unrecognisable and his body was found with its arms up in the air. 'From what we can gather it had been there at least a week and what with the hot weather it was in a pretty bad state. He had convictions for robbery and theft and we know he moved in underworld circles.

'The area where he was found, south Lazio, is home to clans from the Neapolitan Camorra and the Calabrian N'drangheta.'

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