Match-fixing whistle blower to train with Italy

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is planning to reward the

match-fixing whistle blower by letting the previously little-known

Gubbio defender train with the national team.

Last month, Simone Farina was approached and offered $260,000 to

influence the outcome of an Italian Cup match between Cesena and

Gubbio on Nov. 30. The player refused and told police. When the

news broke alongside the arrests of 17 people across Italy on

Monday, Farina was hailed as a hero.

Prandelli tells the Italian daily La Repubblica that ”it’s a

way to thank him and underline what he represents.”

Farina will likely train with Italy ahead of a Feb. 29

exhibition game against the United States. He won’t play in the

match.