Nicknamed “the Smurf”, at the 1998 World Cup in France he dedicated a victory to the Cali cartel boss Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela. He was wanted in Italy since 2001
A normal territorial control operation carried out by the police a Naples led toarrest of a Colombian drug trafficker recipient of an arrest warrant for drug trafficking and drug production issued by the Italian judiciary in December 2004.
An excellent arrest not so much for the (albeit important) role of the fugitive within the large organizations that export cocaine all over the world, but for his past: South American football fans will immediately connect the name of Antony de Avila Charris, called el Pitufo (the smurf) for his height of just one meter and 57 centimeters, to that footballer who earned fame and glory in his Colombia playing for the team of America in Cali and in the national team and who dedicated to the boss of the cartel by Cali Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela a victory of the selection of his country during the World Cup in France in 1998. In the final phase of his career de Vila moved to the United States where he obtained an engagement with the MetroStars of New York and in 2009, at the age of 46, he signed a new contract with the Cali team but after a few months he decided to retire permanently.
After leaving football, el Pitufo strengthened his relations with that world of narcos to which he had always been linked by deep friendship and began to operate on their behalf abroad. The crimes for which he was sought by the Italian judiciary were allegedly committed in 2001 in Naples and Genoa. The world of Colombian narcos has always had a strong attraction towards football. Proof of this is the great economic commitment that Pablo Escobar, the greatest drug trafficker ever, lavished in favor of Atletico Nacional de Medellin.
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