Maldini acquitted of bribery charge

A Milan court has acquitted former AC Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini of bribing a tax official to gain access to financial records.

The 44-year-old was placed under investigation in 2010 and indicted in March 2011 as prosecutors accused him of paying a Milanese tax official to avoid certain inspections into a property company he was setting up with his wife, Adriana Fossa.

Prosecutors accused Maldini of paying regular annual fees of 40,000 euros (£34,500) to revenue officer Luciano Bressi.

The Tenth Criminal Chamber of Milan, which was chaired by Gaetano La Rocca, decided Maldini had not committed the crime.

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