An Argentinian goalkeeper has been arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting a football hooligan who is wanted for homicide.
Pablo Migliore was detained on Sunday night after his San Lorenzo side had lost 1-0 to Newell’s Old Boys when police sealed off the stadium and arrested the keeper on the pitch.
Migliore stands accused of helping to hide notorious Boca Juniors ‘barra brava’ – a football hooligan – Maximiliano Mazzaro, who allegedly beat neighbour Ernesto Cirino to death in 2011.
Mazzaro – who is second in command among the Boca Juniors hooligan group – has been on the run for three months and Migliore, a former Boca player and captain of current club San Lorenzo, is suspected of helping him to abscond.
San Lorenzo have been a hot topic throughout the game after the appointment of Pope Francis, who is a well-known fan of the club and was seen waving the team’s shirt, now featuring a photo of him, after last weekend’s Easter service.
The club – nicknamed the Saints – issued a statement on their official website saying they did not have any more information, but it was clear the incident tainted what had been a spectacular month for the club, including their 105th anniversary this week.
The Boca hooligans leader, Mauro Martin, was also arrested over the same investigation, but lawyers for both Martin and Mazzaro denied their clients had any serious links to the goalkeeper. Martin’s lawyer told news channel C5n they knew each other through football.
Sports journalist Gustavo Grabia told the same station goalkeeper Migliore was known for his affiliation with the Boca ‘barras’ after his time playing for the club, and also through his brother who was allegedly involved in violent incidents.
So far, Migliore has not commented about his alleged connection to Mazzaro or his arrest.