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