An Italian mob boss was caught by cops after he was spotted celebrating his football team’s historic win.
Vincenzo La Porta, 60, had been on the run from the law for 11 years before being seen in a snap of Napoli fans celebrating the side's Serie A title – the first in 33 years.
The mobster chief celebrated on the balcony, holding up a blue and white scarf in victory on Thursday night (August 40.
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He'd been in a restaurant on the Greek island of Corfu – and the owner of a different local restaurant told police that La Porta had been working for him as an assistant chef for the past month.
La Porta, who cops believe is associated with the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate, was stopped riding his motor scooter on Friday after being identified from the picture.
Police confirmed that he appeared in court yesterday (Saturday, August 5) and will be held in jail until a panel of judges decide on his extradition.
Italian authorities are seeking extradition so that he can serve a 14-year sentence for criminal association, tax evasion and fraud, which he was convicted of in his absence.
La Porta was ranked in the country's 100 most wanted list after fleeing justice in the early 2010s.
A spokesman for Italy's Carabinieri police force said: "Betraying him was his passion for soccer and for the Napoli team.
"With the championship victory, La Porta couldn't resist celebrating."
Napoli fans back home in La Porta’s native Italy marked finally winning their third Serie A title by invading the pitch and stealing players’ shorts.
A 1-1 draw at Udinese was enough to ensure the runaway leaders could not be caught.
It was the prolific Victor Osimhen who scored the second half equaliser.
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The result sparked scenes of joy across Naples with fireworks going off and horns being sounded in celebration within seconds of the final whistle in Udine.
Thousands of fans also made the long trip to the north-east of Italy to witness history being made. Many of them stormed the pitch at the Stadio Friuli to mob their heroes.
A few even managed to grab some souvenirs, including the shorts of players, with some being stripped to their pants.
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