Throughout a current press-conference, coach of the Italian membership Pescara Zdeněk Zeman expressed his disapproval of the punishment Italian soccer gamers are going through after being discovered to have gambled illegally. He said that participant bans tied to sports activities betting ought to be extra extreme.
Nicolò Fagioli, midfielder of the Serie A membership Juventus, was discovered to have positioned bets on sports activities occasions. The Italian Soccer Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, or FIGC) strictly prohibits sports activities betting, with the everyday punishment being a ban that lasts a minimal of three years. Fagioli, nonetheless, pleaded responsible, and he’s now going through a seven-month ban as an alternative. The participant was additionally given a superb of €12,500 (round $13,200).
One other particular person who is part of this scandal is Sandro Tonali, midfielder of Newcastle United and Italy’s nationwide soccer workforce, and he has additionally admitted to betting on sports activities occasions. The bets in query concerned AC Milan video games, which is the workforce he performed for on the time the bets have been positioned.
In his assertion, Zdeněk Zeman put an emphasis on how soccer gamers are prohibited from any and all types of playing and that this can be a well-known truth. He continued, stating that the punishment for playing is meant to final at the very least three years in line with the foundations of the FIGC, but the foundations “are usually not revered in Italy.”
Earlier this month, Fagioli opened up about how when he broke down on the substitute bench throughout a Juventus match towards Sassuolo in April, the explanation behind his lack of composure needed to do with playing money owed. Based on the participant, he was affected by playing habit, and was €3 million in debt after incurring substantial losses at unlawful sports activities betting web sites. Zdeněk Zeman addressed this as properly, noting how he didn’t see the state of affairs as a difficulty tied to playing habit.
Italy’s Soccer Scene isn’t any Stranger to Playing Scandals
In his assertion, Zdeněk Zeman additionally recommended that scandals are typical of Italy. Certainly, such conditions have plagued Italian soccer for a few years, and 2023 has been no exception. October additionally noticed sports activities betting accusations towards El Shaarawy, who performs for AS Roma and made a comeback after recovering from an harm. Not like Fagioli’s and Tonali’s respective instances, nonetheless, the AS Roma participant was not responsible of partaking in sports activities betting.
Shaarawy was later issued an apology by the nameless supply who unfold the allegations towards him and his fellow participant Nicola Zalewski and who shared them with Fabrizio Corona, an Italian gossip columnist. In the end, Shaarawy determined to file a defamation lawsuit towards Corona, and after a match the place Roma gained towards Monza, he tearfully expressed how harm he felt by the state of affairs.
In Might of this 12 months, Monza defender Armando Izzo was sentenced to just about 5 years in jail for his alleged affiliation with the Italian felony group Camorra and for sports activities fraud. This was not the participant’s first football-related scandal, as in 2017, he was banned for 18 months by the FIGC for match-fixing.