An Italian soccer club received a mail delivery that included a severed pig’s head and a threatening letter.
Italy’s Serie A team Sampdoria received the package that was delivered in a box to the club headquarters this week from an unknown sender.
In the box was the pig’s head and a note addressed to former club president Massimo Ferrero and current club vice president Antonio Roma. The note said: «the next heads will be yours», according to a club spokesman.
The soccer club called police to report the delivery, the spokesman said.
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«UC Sampdoria expresses its deep indignation and indignation at another serious act of intimidation that occurred this morning at the company’s headquarters in Piazza Borgo Pila,» the team wrote in a statement on Saturday.
«The company underlines that any type of attack on a member of the Board of Directors represents an attack on all its members, on their work and on the seriousness and dedication with which they have approached this important position,» the statement continued.
This is not the first time the club has received a threatening package this year. In January, a blank bullet arrived at the Sampdoria offices with threats directed at Ferrero and the club’s former owner, Edoardo Garrone.
Ferrero stepped down as club president in 2021 after being arrested on financial charges as a result of an investigation into alleged bankruptcy offences. But his arrest was unrelated to the club’s operations, allowing him to maintain control of the team through family holdings.
The 71-year-old has come under fire from fans who say he is draining Sampdoria’s finances and refusing to sell the club to new owners who could rescue it from financial and performance failures.
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Sampdoria’s performance this season has also frustrated fans as the club sits 19th in the Serie A table and is in serious danger of relegation. The club has scored just 11 points in 23 games and is eight points below the current mark needed to stay in Italy’s top league.
Threatening packages have also been sent to other Italian clubs. Palermo’s sports director received a goat’s head in 2006. And in 1999, the Reggina president received a bull’s head.
Reuters contributed to this report.