Daniele De Rossi has expressed his anger and amazement after his name was mentioned in relation to the match-fixing betting probe.
The Roma midfielder, despite not being one of the 16 people arrested or even one of those placed under investigation, woke up this morning to find his name associated with the scandal.
"I am outraged," he told Italian news agency ANSA on Friday. "False references have been made about me regarding a situation that I have nothing to do with at all.
"It's my intention to underline all my indignation at what appeared in some newspapers and, indeed, which was immediately contradicted by authoritative judicial sources.
"I am completely unrelated to this story. There have been references made to myself which were completely false and invented," he added.
"For this reason I will protect my image and my integrity in court against anyone who will associate my name to this story. I have nothing to add."
It has been claimed that De Rossi's name was mentioned in some intercepted calls by people who were boasting about their ability to allegedly fix games.
However, there is absolutely no evidence that De Rossi was involved in the alleged betting ring or indeed has done anything illegal.
Police and prosecutors examining the case have also confirmed that De Rossi is not under investigation for any wrongdoing.
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