Soccer: Player continues hunger strike to protest ban

Pesoli suspended for three years for match-fixing

Soccer: Player continues hunger strike to protest ban

(ANSA) - Rome, August 13 - Hunger-striking soccer player Emanuele Pesoli said Monday that he expects to meet Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) President Giancarlo Abete this week to protest his three-year ban for match-fixing. Pesoli started the strike on Saturday when he chained himself to the gates of the FIGC's headquarters in Rome The ban regards alleged involvement in attempts to fix matches when he was with his former club Siena. Pesoli, who is now with Verona, was one of several Italian football players, coaches, clubs and owners who were banned last Friday by the federation following verdicts in a probe into betting-related match-fixing. Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who is also facing a police investigation, was banned for 10 months for not reporting match-fixing while he was in charge of Siena in the second tier in the 2010-11 campaign. Pesoli, 31, was also joined Sunday by Maurizio Nassi, a former striker with Mantova who was banned for three years as well.

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