Friday June 1 2012
Buffon lawyer slams betting stories

Gianluigi Buffon’s lawyer has blasted talk of his involvement in the betting scandal as “supposition, gossip and malice.”

The Italy and Juventus goalkeeper was rumoured to have spent €1.5m on various bets at a Parma tobacconist who also has a betting booth at his business.

This is not per se illegal, as players are only barred from betting on football, but can place bets on other sports.

“It is supposition, gossip and malice,” declared lawyer Marco Valerio Corini on

“The thing that really amazes is seeing this information hit the newspapers with such violence after a particularly bitter press conference Gianluigi had given at Coverciano. There is a strange synergy between the two things.

“In legal terms there is absolutely nothing that caught the interest of the magistrates, who already knew of this reserved information for the last six months.

“Buffon is not remotely of interest to the investigation, not even as a witness. The beneficiary of the cheques Gianluigi wrote has among his businesses a Lottomatica betting booth. Anything else is bar talk level of speculation.

“Something similar happened in 2006 and I hope that can bring Italy luck, just as it did in that World Cup. At the time Gianluigi was also interviewed by police, but the investigation regarding him was shelved both in a sporting and civil justice system.

“Unlike in 2006, here we are giving credence to thin air, as there isn’t even an investigation involving him. We are monitoring everything that is published and after the Euros we will return to analyse calmly who and above all why certain stories were spread.”

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