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