Friday March 9 2012
Investigation into Pessotto banner

An investigation has been launched after an offensive banner towards Gianluca Pessotto was shown during Bologna-Juventus.

Former Juve and Italy player Pessotto fell from a window in the summer of 2006 while suffering from depression. His life was in danger for many weeks, but he has now recovered and is a team manager at the club.

During Wednesday’s Serie A match at the Stadio Dall’Ara, a couple of Bologna fans briefly held up a banner that read: ‘Pessotto’s a diver. Either he jumped or it was a penalty.’

The FIGC has now confirmed an investigation is underway into the banner, which was not spotted by the referee and therefore could not be dealt with via the usual disciplinary channels.

Juventus were stunned by the bad taste of this banner, with general manager Beppe Marotta calling it “truly inhuman.”