Juventus midfielder faces investigation for illegal betting
Nicolo Fagioli, is under investigation for alleged illegal betting activities, an Italian prosecutor said on Wednesday, confirming earlier press reports.
La Stampa daily said the 22-year-old, was involved in a criminal probe targeting users of illegal online betting platforms, along with other unnamed suspects.
“I confirm the news of the investigation,” Turin Chief Prosecutor Enrica Gabetta said in an emailed statement, without elaborating. Turin is the home city of Juventus, the former Italian champions.
“Our client is dealing with the matter responsibly, with a view to maximum transparency and collaboration with the ordinary and sporting judicial authorities,” Fagioli’s lawyers Luca Ferrari and Armando Simbari said in a joint statement.
“Nicolo is calm and fully focused, on Juventus and the (Italian Serie A) league,” they added. The newspaper did not say what kind of betting Fagioli was involved in. Italian soccer authorities ban players from betting on soccer matches but not from other types of gambling.
The prosecutor’s office of the Italian soccer federation (FIGC), is also looking into Fagioli’s case, a source close to the matter said, confirming another part of the La Stampa report.
A player found to have bet on soccer, matches risks being banned for at least three years and fined at least 25,000 euros ($26,520) under the FIGC’s code of conduct.
Fagioli has played in six of Juve’s eight, Serie A matches this season. Last November he made his debut for the Italian national team, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 friendly win against Albania. ($1 = 0.9428 euros)