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http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=468349

Controversial Brazilian striker Adriano is set to be interviewed by police in connection with alleged links to a drug-dealing gang that has been accused of murdering police officers.

The news could be a blow to Serie A side AS Roma, for whom the Flamengo striker - known as much for his goal-scoring talents as the controversy he courts off the pitch - will sign in June.

A police spokesman from Rio told AFP Monday: Adriano has been asked to attend a meeting at 1400 (0300 AEST on Tuesday) and will be questioned by chief Luiz Alberto Cunha de Andrade.

Adriano, who has played for Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Parma in Italy's Serie A but failed to make the cut for Brazil's World Cup squad, is suspected of being involved in financial dealings with members of a drugs gang run by Fabiano Atanasio da Silva in the Vila Cruzeiro favela.

Da Silva has been accused of being involved in the shooting down of a police helicopter on October 17, 2009, an incident that led to the death of three police officers.

In October 2008, he was also accused of the murder of a prison chief.

According to local newspaper reports Adriano is also being investigated after two controversial photographs of the centre-forward came to light.

On its front page O Dia daily published a picture of Adriano making the initials, CV, with his fingers. In Rio CV is also an abbreviation for the Comando Vermelho criminal gang.

Another picture shows the 28-year-player posing with a rifle.

Both pictures are believed to have been taken when Adriano lived in Italy.

A press spokesman for the player told the paper Adriano had simply posed with a replica gun which is used for paintball.

Local police last took an interest in Adriano in April when he was called to explain why one of his motorbikes was registered to the mother of a known drug dealer, Paulo Rogerio de Souza Paz, who is also a childhood friend.

That case has yet to be closed.

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Obviously posing for a picture doing gangs signs isn't the brightest thing for a famous footballer to do.

He probably has friends even family who part of these drug gangs. but to be part of drug dealing himself? Doubt it.

He has plenty a money, why take the risk?

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Obviously posing for a picture doing gangs signs isn't the brightest thing for a famous footballer to do.

He probably has friends even family who part of these drug gangs. but to be part of drug dealing himself? Doubt it.

He has plenty a money, why take the risk?

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