Fabio Quagliarella’s stalker, who made threats to former Italy international, forced him to leave Napoli and even impersonated a POLICE OFFICER to gain player’s trust, is sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

Fabio Quagliarella’s stalker has finally been sentenced to a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence, after almost destroying the former Italian international’s career years ago. 

Police arrested Quagliarella’s stalker, 54-year-old Raffaele Piccolo, in Castellammare di Stabia, the striker’s hometown on the outskirts of Naples.

Piccolo was the reason for the 36-year-old leaving Napoli for Juventus in 2010 but fans, who were unaware of Quagliarella’s nightmare, labelled the talisman a ‘traitor’ – despite at times not being able to leave his own house and keeping it all a secret.

Fabio Quagliarella was stalked during his time playing for hometown club Napoli in 2009

Fabio Quagliarella was stalked during his time playing for hometown club Napoli in 2009

Piccolo worked in the postal service from 2006 to 2010, when the stalking of the Quagliarella began. 

He sent threatening letters to Quagriella and used the situation to get closer to the Serie A front man.

He then pretended to be a police officer dealing directly with the threats and this allowed him to interact with Quagliarella’s family in the investigation of a stalker – that was of course, himself.

Quagliarella has since revived his career and now plays for Serie A side Sampdoria

Quagliarella has since revived his career and now plays for Serie A side Sampdoria 

It has since emerged that Quagliarella was not the only victim of Piccolo and that there were several Neapolitan figures targeted by the stalker.

Another victim included the head of a famous nightclub, who was also convinced Piccolo was helping them pursue these crimes.

The anonymous letters – sent by Piccolo – claimed Quagliarella and others were part of a paedophile network or colluding with organised crime. 

The effect of this was massively damaging to all the victims and Quagliarella, who have finally received some closure with the news of Piccolo’s prison sentence.

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