Saturday August 11 2012
Banned player on hunger strike

Ex-Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli has chained himself to the front of the FIGC headquarters and started a hunger strike after his ban in the betting scandal.

The player was suspended for three years for sporting fraud after the Disciplinary Commission gave its verdicts on Friday.

This morning, Pesoli began a high-profile protest against the decision and is demanding a face-to-face confrontation with his accusers, Filippo Carobbio and Carlo Gervasoni.

Pesoli chained himself to the gates outside the Federation headquarters in Rome and announced the start of a hunger strike.

“I want a confrontation in the courts on this injustice so I can defend myself properly,” said the 32-year-old.

“My only mistake was answering that damn phone call when they asked me to sell the game. But I said no! I am innocent and I will prove it.

“This is a strong protest, but they are ruining my life for something I didn’t do. Before I am forced to give up football, I want to fight with all my strength.

“I will wait here for someone from the FIGC, hopefully President Giancarlo Abete.”

He was punished as part of the same evidence used to ban ex-Siena Coach Antonio Conte for 10 months and his assistant Angelo Alessio for eight months.

Those accused in the betting trial have complained they are not allowed to question the whistleblowers in court.

The appeals process begins on August 20.

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