Former AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini was acquitted by a Milan court from the charges of bribing a tax official.
Investigation started in 2010 and in March 2011, prosecutors accused him of bribing a tax official to avoid certain inspections into his private company.
Bribed amount is reported to be around £40,000 ($52,000)/year. 40 other accountants and businessmen have also been investigated, including Bressi (the official in question).
The Tenth Criminal Chamber of Milan court headed by Gaetano La Rocca, decided Maldini had not committed the reported crime and not guilty.
Relieved Maldini told the Gazzetta dello Sport,
“These have been three difficult years but I have always had faith in the justice system and this is the just conclusion to an absurd process.”