An Italian footballer allegedly clubbed his ex-girlfriend to death with a hammer and a baseball bat weeks after she reported him for stalking, Charmingpro reports
Giovanni Padovani – a model and former youth payer at Napoli – has played as a centre back for ten clubs in Italy’s Serie C and Serie D leagues.
Earlier in August he signed for fourth tier Sancataldese, based in Sicily.
But last weekend he was absent from the opening clash of the Italian Cup, against local rivals Catania.
Giovanni Padovani, 27, allegedly left his team on the eve of a cup tie and flew to Bologna to lie in wait for his older lover Alessandra Matteuzzi, 56.
As she arrived home he then ambushed her in the lobby of her apartment building, police said.
She was on the phone with her sister Stefania who heard her agonizing screams as she was being attacked.
The sister told a local TV station: “She got out of her car and started screaming, ‘No Giovanni, no, I beg you, help.’
“I was on the phone. I immediately called the Carabinieri who arrived straight away.
“I live 30km away. In the end he beat her to death.”
Alessandra and her younger lover had been a couple for around a year, according to reports in Italy.
However they spent most of their time apart as she lived in Bologna and he played his football in Sicily