Cafu and Sensi could go to court over passport charges

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  • Saturday, 06 Mar 2004

MILAN: Brazil’s World Cup-winning captain Cafu and AS Roma president Franco Sensi could go to court to face charges of falsely obtaining an Italian passport for the former Roma defender. 

Judicial sources said that magistrate Giovanni Malerba had formally requested on Thursday that the pair appear in court along with seven other people connected to the affair. 

As well as Cafu, who now plays for European champions AC Milan, former Roma player Gustavo Bartelt could also face charges along with club officials, agents and family members. 

Sensi and Cafu’s lawyers will face an audience with a judge on May 6 before any decision is taken on whether a court case will open. 

Eleven players were handed bans of up to a year imposed in 2001 after they were found to have obtained Italian passports with false documentation. 

Gaining dual citizenship allowed players to avoid being counted among the restricted number of “non-EU” players allowed at each club. 

The decision compounds a bad week for Roma president Sensi whose negotiations to sell his debt-ridden club to a Russian company fell through. – Reuters 

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