Bologna defender Daniele Portanova is furious and wants to know “why were the other bans reduced by 60 per cent and mine by 40?”
He was one of those suspended in the betting trial and on appeal to the TNAS tribunal on Friday saw his ban cut from six months to four.
However, it is not as big a discount as Juventus duo Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio had, as the same tribunal turned their 10 and six-month bans respectively into four and two.
“Can someone explain to me why the other bans were reduced by 60 per cent and mine by 40?” Portanova asked the Corriere dello Sport.
“Why was I treated differently? I was told the news while I was training and it felt like the world had collapsed on top of me. I am struggling to understand this and I really did not expect it. I’m very upset.
“How do I feel? Like an innocent person who is being unfairly punished. I am clean and can look myself in the mirror with no remorse at all.
“I don’t want to cause controversy here, but there are some clear facts. Conte had been banned for 10 months for failing to report a fix to the authorities, but will sit out a four-month ban. The same charge was levelled at his assistant, who can be back on the bench next weekend.
“Why was I treated differently?”