Frosinone released a statement distancing themselves from any involvement in the Spanish match-fixing scandal.
An intercepted telephone call allegedly heard Mattia Mariotti - who is accused of running an illegal gambling ring - and a ‘delegate’ suggest they would meet several Canarini players to discuss the possibility of fixing a match.
Under Italian rules, simply being approached to fix a match and not immediately alerting authorities can lead to bans of as long as three years, even if the plea is rejected.
“Frosinone Calcio SRL, having taken note of the Press reports published yesterday, which include generic references to unspecified club members picked up in some wiretaps, collected by Spanish authorities in the Oikos investigation, profess, in the strongest possible terms, their and their members’ absolute estrangement to any match-fixing and/or the facilitation of bets,” the club announced on their official website.
“The club have always placed sporting ethics and respect for the rules among the cornerstones of their vision - values that have allowed the club to represent the province, hosting the biggest names in Italian football.
“Starting from this assumption, with regards to the above combination of sporting crimes, even if generic, without specific references to members, games or procedures, we can only state, on the one hand, our strongest possible dissociation and clear distance, and, on the other, maximum availability and collaboration where required, with authorities.
“We will pursue every avenue to protect our image and integrity on every level.”
Frosinone will play in Serie B next season after their return to the top flight proved short-lived.