European rugby has been rocked following the arrest of an international player for alleged ‘possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking’.
Italian international prop Sami Panico, who plays for the Guinness PRO14 Italian franchise Zebre, allegedly had 1.5kg of marijuana, 330 grams of hashish and 10,000 Euros in cash stashed in the garden of his home in the town of Torvajanica, report Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Police seized the drugs and claim they come ‘from illegal activities’. Panico has been placed under house arrest pending further investigation in what is an extraordinary story even by rugby’s soap opera standards.
The player is still registered with Zebre despite having not played for them since last November after being dropped for allegedly breaking a team mate’s jaw during a training ground bust-up.
Panico, 25, has 10 Italy caps, last appearing for his country against Scotland in the 2017 Six Nations.
He appeared as a substitute against Wales in the opening match of the tournament in the same year.