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Colombia's Asprilla being investigated for possible links to money-laundering

Colombia's Asprilla being investigated for possible links to money-laundering

Colombian authorities are investigating former Parma and Newcastle forward Faustino Asprilla for possible links to a money-laundering ring, the chief federal prosecutor said Monday.
The retired Colombian national team veteran, known simply to many as "Tino", may soon be called to testify, prosecutor Mario Iguaran said, for his ties to a clinic allegedly owned by one of the world's most violent cocaine-trafficking organizations _ the Norte del Valle cartel.
In a separate case, the prosecutor also ordered the arrest of the former president of the Deportivo Pereira soccer club, Ramon Rios, on money-laundering charges.
As one of a handful of Colombian players to make a big impact in international soccer in the past decade, Asprilla is a frequent face on television, either endorsing a product or appearing on reality shows.
A native of the southwestern Colombian town of Tulua, Asprilla started out with local sides Cucuta Deportivo and Atletico Nacional before transferring to Parma in Italy's Serie A.
After two years in Italy, Asprilla moved to Newcastle in England where he stayed until 1999. He returned to Parma before transferring to play in Brazil, Mexico, back to Colombia, Chile and ended his career with Estudiantes in Argentina in 2004.
A veteran with more than 50 caps for Colombia, he gained as much notoriety for his volatile temper as he did fame for his creative play.


Updated : 2021-10-16 22:38 GMT+08:00