Sunday December 16 2012
Stendardo 'storm in a teacup'

Atalanta call Guglielmo Stendardo for today’s trip to Juventus and assure the controversy over his law exam was “a storm in a teacup.”

The defender pulled out of Tuesday’s Coppa Italia game against Roma as he needed to be in Salerno to sit an exam in his law degree.

The club and Coach Stefano Colantuono warned he would “have to take responsibility for his choice,” creating controversy around Italy.

He was expected to be dropped or fined, but Stendardo is in the squad for this afternoon’s Serie A match.

“Stendardo is absolutely fine and trained well. It was a storm in a teacup,” assured Atalanta director general Pierpaolo Marino today.

“In fact, we compliment him on his educational achievements. After all, it’s always useful to have a lawyer in-house!”

This has been a long process for 31-year-old ‘Willy’ Stendardo, who first completed his three-year degree in November 2008 and in 2010 became a specialist in jurisprudence with a grade of 108/110. His thesis was on ‘The responsibility of the sportsman and doping.’

This latest exam means he will be to all intents and purposes a fully-qualified lawyer.

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