Suspended Italian player in protest over verdict

An Italian player who was given a three-year suspension in a

match-fixing scandal has chained himself to the gate of the Italian

Football Federation’s headquarters in Rome as part of a protest

over his ban.

Shaded from the sun by an umbrella and sitting in a chair, Siena

player Emanuele Pesoli began his protest, which also includes a

hunger strike, Saturday at the FIGC headquarters.

FIGC announced its verdicts in the match-fixing scandal Friday,

with punishments including suspensions for 26 players and

officials. Among those suspended was Juventus coach Antonio Conte,

who received a 10-month ban.

Pesoli denied wrongdoing and said his aim is to meet with his

accusers face-to-face. Italian news agency LaPresse said federation

director-general Antonello Valentini had come out to speak with the

player.