Monday August 13 2012
Pesoli feeling effects of strike

Despite beginning to feel the physical strain, Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli is continuing with his hunger strike.

The defender was convicted in the recent match-fixing trials and handed a three-year ban from the sport. However, he is insistent that he rejected the proposed fix from Carlo Gervasoni and Filippo Carobbio for Siena-Varese on May 11, 2011 that he is said to have assisted in.

Chained to the gate outside the Italian Football Federation’s headquarters, Pesoli is demanding a chance to defend himself in court.

Having passed 54 hours of his strike, Pesoli has been visited by a doctor, as he begins to feel the effects of going without food. The 31-year-old is complaining of dizziness and fatigue, whilst his blood pressure has also dropped. However, he remains resolute in continuing his position.

“I will stay here, I am waiting to talk to someone from the federal prosecutors,” he told reporters today.

“I carry on my strike - I want a meeting in court with my accusers.”

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