Saturday August 11 2012
FIGC urges end to hunger strike

Emanuele Pesoli is on hunger strike, chained to the FIGC headquarters, but the Federation insist they cannot solve his problem with the betting trial.

The Siena defender began his protest this morning, chaining himself to the gates outside the front of the FIGC building in Rome and warning he will not eat until he can confront his accusers.

Pesoli was handed a three-year ban for sporting fraud, though insists he turned down the proposed fix from Filippo Carobbio and Carlo Gervasoni.

“The problem of confronting your accusers is not something dealt with by the Federation’s political arm, but rather an issue for the sporting justice system,” said FIGC director general Antonello Valentini when meeting Pesoli today.

“After having expressed to you my human solidarity, I invite you to reflect on this course of action.

“I make a promise to ensure you’ll have a meeting with the FIGC President after his return from vacation.

“However, confronting the accusers is something that President Giancarlo Abete, I or the Federation cannot do. The sporting justice system is totally autonomous.

“We understand your disappointment and anger, as you consider yourself innocent, but you will be able to have your say at the appeal.”

The appeals process begins on August 20 and many, including Juventus Coach Antonio Conte, hope to have their bans reduced or even scrapped entirely.

Juventus, Siena, Sampdoria and other clubs have complained that the current sporting justice system prevents them from being able to question their accusers.

Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Di Vaio and Simone Pepe were cleared this week, as the testimony provided by Andrea Masiello was considered to have too many contradictions to be credible.

The Disciplinary Commission did consider Carobbio and Gervasoni to be credible, but that could change in the appeal.