Wednesday May 30 2012
Reginaldo: 'No Siena fixes'

A former Siena player accuses the President and Coach Antonio Conte of involvement in a betting scandal, but Reginaldo assures “there was nothing.”

The police conducted dawn raids on Monday, including on ex-Siena boss Conte’s home, as the investigation into alleged match-fixing continues.

Conte and President Massimo Mezzaroma were pulled into the spotlight by ‘whistle-blower’ Filippo Carobbio, who claimed the patron asked them to lose a game, but both squad and staff refused.

“I am at this moment hearing what is alleged and I’m astounded,” said former Siena man Reginaldo on TuttoJuve.

“To be perfectly honest, in my experience at Siena I did not see or hear anything about these supposed match-fixing attempts.

“In fact, I’d never suspect Conte, because he never even said to ‘relax in this game.’ Never. I can confirm Conte is a good man and I really doubt the Coach could have done such things, especially with a team who certainly didn’t need the points.

“There was nothing about betting or trying to ‘fix’ games. The rapport between Carobbio and Conte was normal. Now Carobbio is in crisis because he’s being banned from football and so he’s starting to say what he thinks is right.

“Novara-Siena could not have been fixed, as it was a perfectly normal match. I remember I tried to score at all costs and didn’t manage it.”

The accusation currently levelled at Juventus Coach Conte is of not reporting an attempted fix to the authorities.

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