Marco Materazzi has blasted those who took part in the betting scandal as “pathetic, as they are either stupid or sick,” but hasn’t got much hope for Euro 2012.
The investigation is continuing into alleged match-fixing under the influence of a betting ring.
“Anyone who sells a game is pathetic. They are either stupid or sick, but more than anything else I pity them,” said the former Inter defender.
“How could they do that knowing there are so many fans who follow football with passion, even travelling to away games?”
The scandal erupted on the eve of Euro 2012, just as Calciopoli hit before Italy won the 2006 World Cup.
“We were a strong squad and had been playing together for a long time, though. We had gone through the humiliation of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, then the Euros in Portugal.
“Although this Italy side is young, I hope they can win the way we did. Realistically, that is going to be tough.”