Lazio President Claudio Lotito claims his phonecalls with Antonino Pulvirenti were to discuss an exorcism.
The former Catania President has admitted that he attempted to fix five Serie B games last season - though he claims it had no effect on the results.
Prosecutors have seized phone records from Pulvirenti, and leaks suggest he had a number of conversations with Lotito.
“Pulvirenti complained about a lot of personal and family troubles which had occured, so I suggested the name of an exorcist,” Lotito explained, as reported by ANSA.
“It’s easy to check. When Pulvirenti told me his problems, I got information from a priest in Catania, and he advised an exorcist.
“As for the rest, he asked me for appointments with sporting creditors, the CEO of a bank and Chievo.
“That’s the truth, and it can be seen in all the records of the investigation.”
Lotito has not been charged with any offence in relation to the investigation, and there is no suggestion he has done anything wrong.
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