A former Nigeria international, who was part of the famous 1996 Olympic Games-winning side, has sensationally blamed the Italian mafia for forcing him out of AC Milan during his playing career.
Former Nigeria defender Taribo West, who made 42 appearances for the Super Eagles, made just four league appearances for the Rossoneri after joining from Inter Milan in 2000, and has now blamed the mafia for his move not working out.
"The mafia would do anything in their powers to make sure I was done away with at Milan," West told Score Nigeria.
"They cooked a vicious story in the press that I was injured in the desperate bid to send me out of Milan.
"The doctors were bribed to say I was injured, but it was a lie. They did that because they felt it was unthinkable for an African player to take the place of those ageing defenders (referring to Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta)."
West ultimately left Milan to join Derby County on loan before having spells in Germany, Serbia and the Middle East. He made his last appearance for Nigeria in 2005, and retired from all football three years later.
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