Genoa ultras insist the meeting they had with Domenico Criscito was not to discuss match-fixing. “We never talked about money or betting.”
Criscito was at Genoa during the incident that has dragged him into the investigation into a betting scandal.
A dawn raid on Italy’s Coverciano training ground on Monday morning confirmed he is under investigation and due to the “pressure” of the situation he was dropped from the Euro 2012 squad.
He was reportedly photographed having dinner with teammate Giuseppe Sculli, some ultras figures and Romanians who are under investigation.
“We only wanted an explanation on the derby and the players’ reaction after their winning goal,” ultras chief Fabrizio ‘Tombolone’ Fileni told Primocanale Sport.
“When Criscito came to the meeting to shake our hands, we refused it. We never talked about money or betting.”
However, the fan leader was scathing when it came to former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto. “His arrest was right.”
It should be noted Milanetto was hounded out of the club by the ultras due to a series of rows.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!