Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella was moved to tears when watching the documentary of his stalker nightmare. ‘I was reborn after he was sentenced.’
The 38-year-old had been at hometown club Napoli in the 2009-10 season, but felt forced to leave because he and his family were tormented by a stalker.
This stalker was spreading rumours and threatening to go to the media with claims that the player was involved in organised crime or even partaking in crimes himself.
Only in February 2017 did it emerge the stalker was in fact policeman Raffaele Piccolo, who had been ‘investigating’ the incidents for Quagliarella and befriending him, all the while disguising that he was the one torturing the player.
He was only discovered when Quagliarella tried to contact the police constabulary to ask about progress on the case and realised none of it had ever been logged.
The 54-year-old was sentenced to four years and six months in prison at a trial in October 2019.
“I was reborn after he was sentenced,” confessed a tearful Quagliarella after viewing the documentary, Quagliarella: The Untold Truth.
“Everything changed. I feel so much more relaxed, I can live day by day without worrying constantly. I can focus on football, score goals and enjoy myself and above all enjoy time with my family. All this was taken from me for so many years.”
When the news emerged, Napoli fans sent banners and messages apologising for not understanding his departure for rivals Juventus in 2010.
“I felt this extraordinary affection from my people, the Neapolitan fans. From that day, it has felt like I was wearing the Napoli jersey again.
“Even years later, people come over to hug me and apologise, but they didn’t need to, because they had no idea what was happening. It was just me and my family who knew.”