Italian bicycle owner suspended, fined after capturing dying of politician’s cat

An Italian street bicycle owner has been suspended from his workforce and fined greater than $4,000 after he shot and killed a cat belonging to San Marino’s former head of state and present minister of tourism, Federico Pedini Amati.

Trek-Segafredo introduced Tuesday that 21-year-old Antonio Tiberi could be suspended “a minimal of 20 days with out pay” after native media reported that Tiberi had been fined $4,300 for capturing his neighbor’s cat with an air rifle in 2022 in San Marino. 

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek - Segafredo competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022, Stage 8.

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek – Segafredo competes in the course of the 77th Tour of Spain 2022, Stage 8. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“Regarding Antonio Tiberi’s current sentencing in San Marino, Trek-Segafredo totally agrees with the advantageous and strongly condemns the reprehensible act, which is a transparent violation of the workforce’s code of conduct,” the workforce’s assertion learn.


“The workforce was beforehand unaware of the transgression and has instantly suspended Antonio for no less than 20 days with out pay… If vital, the workforce will take additional motion sooner or later. In addition to the advantageous already issued by the courts, the Team will donate Antonio’s suspended pay to an acceptable animal care, safety and rescue group.”

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek – Segafredo after crosses the finish line during the 5th UAE Tour 2023.

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek – Segafredo after crosses the end line in the course of the fifth UAE Tour 2023. (Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Tiberi launched a prolonged assertion on Instagram apologizing for the incident. 

“I deeply remorse my shameful actions. Shooting the cat was one thing tremendously silly and irresponsible, the seriousness and hazard of which I noticed solely after. I do not need to make any form of excuse to remark, so as to add any ‘if’ or ‘however.’ I settle for with sense of accountability and repentance the implications and the blame for my motion. If I’ve not spoken publicly about it earlier than it was solely due to a robust sense of disgrace and remorse.”

His assertion continued: “I perceive the criticism from followers, the media and other people on the whole. I can do nothing however apologize to them, simply as I did to my workforce, who’re a innocent sufferer of the affair. My conduct was under no circumstances befitting knowledgeable athlete and, extra usually, a accountable and wise individual. I apologize once more and publicly to the minister of San Marino, Pedini Amati, for the emotional injury I triggered him, in addition to to all of the residents of San Marino. Finally, to everybody, I reiterate that it was not my intention to kill the cat; it was an accident.” 

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek - Segafredo sprints during the 23rd Santos Tour Down Under 2023.

Antonio Tiberi of Italy and Team Trek – Segafredo sprints in the course of the twenty third Santos Tour Down Under 2023. (Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Tiberi mentioned along with the advantageous and suspension, he plans to donate a portion of his earnings from this present season to “some associations within the San Marino territory that maintain stray cats.” 

Amati advised native media that whereas he appreciates the apology, the advantageous just isn’t appropriate for the actions dedicated. 

“The cat didn’t trouble anybody,” he mentioned, by way of Reuters. “It had been with us for a very long time. My 3-year-old daughter Lucia beloved it. You can not kill a pet and get away with a … advantageous. I appreciated that the boy admitted the very fact. Having mentioned that, we don’t want to present these folks residence.”

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