How I Signed Slave Football Contracts In France, Italy - Taribo West
Taribo West (left) of Inter Milan and a teammate (right), tackle AC Milan’s George Weah in a match/AFP

A former Super Eagles star Taribo West has claimed that Mafiarism in Italy ruined his career with AC Milan, Concise News reports.

Taribo West who was the first African to feature for both Inter Milan and AC Milan revealed that there was a high level of Mafiarism in the European nation.

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He joined the Nerrazuri in 1997, playing 64 games where he bagged two goals in all competitions.

The Atlanta Olympic gold medalist has alleged that the technical crew and players cooked lies against him to push him out of the club.

“The Mafia would do anything in their powers to make sure I was done away with at Milan,” he 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 three aging defenders.

“Liverpool came with an offer, but at the end of the day I had to settle for Derby County.”