Siena ‘match-fixer’ Emanuele Pesoli chains himself to Italian FA in protest
An Italian footballer accused of match-fixing has chained himself to the headquarters of the Italian FA to protest against his three-year ban from the game.
Former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli, now with Hellas Verona, took the drastic measure after an FA disciplinary committee handed the ban to him on Friday.
Pesoli was accused of helping to fix Siena’s game against Varese in May 2011 by ex-team-mates Carlo Gervasoni and Filippo Carobbio. He denies those allegations and called upon his trusty handcuffs to help him protest his innocence.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “I will be staying here until I cannot hold out any longer.
“I will wait for somebody – the president of the FIGC Giancarlo Abete.
“They are ruining my life for something which I have not done. Before I finish playing, I want to fight with all of my strength.”
Pesoli has until August 20 to appeal against his ban. He says he wants to meet his accusers before then to set the record straight.
He added: “I feel very hurt by this verdict. I want to see the people who are accusing me. This is a very strong protest.”