Pesoli ends hunger strike

Pesoli ends hunger strike

Published Aug. 15, 2012 9:15 p.m. ET

The defender chained himself to the gates of the FIGC headquarters in Rome on Saturday after being banned from football for three years for alleged involvement in match fixing.

But after four days of hunger strike, sitting on a chair under an umbrella, the 32-year-old ate for the first time this morning before ending his protest tonight after a phonecall from FIGC vice president Demetrio Albertini.

Pesoli will meet with FIGC president Giancarlo Abete for talks on Friday having staunchly denied any wrongdoing since the verdicts were issued on Friday.

Quoted in the Gazzetta dello Sport, Pesoli said: "I've ended my protest partly because of what Albertini said to me, and partly because of president Abete's involvement.


"I will meet him at 10am on Friday at the FIGC."

The wider verdicts of the 'Calcioscommesse' trial included suspension for Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who received a 10-month suspension for allegedly failing to report match-fixing while in charge of Siena.

Serie B clubs Grosseto and Lecce were demoted to the Lega Pro for their involvement.