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Prosecutor seeks prison term for Brazil captain Cafu

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ROME, June 12 (Reuters) The Italian prosecutor leading a court case against Brazil's World Cup captain Cafu on charges of falsely obtaining an Italian passport today called for a 10-month prison sentence if he is found guilty.

The prosecutor also sought prison sentences for several other people involved in the case, including Cafu's wife, the former president of AS Roma Franco Sensi and another former Roma player Gustavo Bartelt.

The verdict could come as soon as tomorrow, but even if found guilty, 36-year-old Cafu is unlikely to face jail, as under Italian law people with no former convictions usually have prison terms of less than two years suspended.

The case dates back to 2001 when 11 players in Italy were handed bans of up to a year after they were found to have obtained Italian passports with false documentation.

Gaining dual citizenship allowed the players to avoid being counted among the restricted number of 'non-EU' players allowed at each club.

Cafu, who captained Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup, hopes to repeat the feat at the finals in Germany. Brazil's first game is against Croatia tomorrow.

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