Prosecutor calls for Cafu to face jail sentence

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The Italian prosecutor leading a court case against Brazil's World Cup captain Cafu on charges of falsely obtaining an Italian passport, called yesterday for a 10-month prison sentence if he is found guilty.

The prosecutor also sought prison sentences for several other people, including Cafu's wife, as well as the former president of Roma, Franco Sensi, and another former Roma player, Gustavo Bartelt. The verdict could come today, but the 36-year-old Cafu is unlikely to face jail, as under Italian law people with no former convictions usually have any prison terms of less than two years suspended.

The case dates back to 2001 when 11 players in Italy were handed bans for obtaining Italian passports with false documents. Dual citizenship allowed the players to avoid being counted among the restricted number of non-EU players allowed at each club.

* Ten Croatian fans were banned from the World Cup after German police found they were carrying weapons. The fans, who were travelling to see Croatia play Brazil today, had "a large amount of pyrotechnics and other banned items", saida police spokesman.