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Soccer: Miccoli sorry for Falcone 'filth' remark

'Haven't slept for three nights,' Palermo skipper tells press

Soccer: Miccoli sorry for Falcone 'filth' remark

Palermo, June 27 - Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli on Thursday apologised for calling slain Italian anti-mafia hero Giovanni Falcone "filth" in a wiretapped conversation with a Cosa Nostra boss's son. A tearful Miccoli told a press conference: "I ask forgiveness from the Falcone family, my family, for everything I have done. I haven't slept for three nights". Miccoli vowed to "prove" he was "not a mafioso". He said he had grown up with "anti-mafia values" and always taken part in matches in support of the fight against the Mob. The striker said he was confident he would be cleared of links to Cosa Nostra over alleged extortion and a phone-card scam and would be able to renew his contract with Palermo, which expires at the end of the month. Giovanni Falcone was killed with his wife and three bodyguards by a bomb placed under the motorway to Palermo's airport in May 1992. His long-time friend and fellow anti-mafia crusader Paolo Borsellino was slain by a car bomb along with five policemen in Palermo 57 days later. They are Italy's most iconic martyrs in the battle against organised crime.

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