Former Ceres-Negros football trialist, ex-girlfriend found dead

MILAN, Italy – An Italian football player who once tried his luck in the Philippines has been found dead along with his ex-girfriend after a suspected murder-suicide, according to reports in Italy on Saturday, May 26.

Federico Zini, who played for Serie D side Tuttocuoio and trialed for Ceres-Negros in 2015, shot his 30-year-old former girlfriend Elisa Amato following a violent dispute and then took his own life, police said.

Zini would have turned 25 the next day, May 27.

The bodies of the pair were found inside Zini's car at San Miniato, near Pisa in Tuscany on Saturday morning. 

"It was a murder-suicide," police told Gazzetta Dello Sport. 

Striker Zini had been considered a promising youth footballer in Italy when he started his career at Tuscany club Empoli.

He had spent 4 years playing for teams in Malta, Bulgaria, the Philippines and Mongolia before returning to Italy last year. –