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Hunger strike for banned Pesoli

11 August 2012 15:53

Italian defender Emanuele Pesoli has chained himself to the Italian Football Federation headquarters in Rome following his three-year ban.

The former Siena centre back was found guilty of committing sporting fraud on Friday in the Scommessopoli match-fixing probe and Pesoli has now chained himself to the FIGC offices and gone on hunger strike in protest.

The 31-year-old, who joined Serie B side Verona on July 21, is demanding to meet face-to-face with key witnesses Carlo Gervasoni and Filippo Carobbio, following the pair's unavailability in court.

"I want a confrontation in the courts on this injustice so I can defend myself properly," Pesoli told reporters.

"My only mistake was answering that damn phone call when they asked me to sell the game. But I said no! I am innocent and I will prove it.

"This is a strong protest, but they are ruining my life for something I didn't do. Before I am forced to give up football, I want to fight with all my strength.

"I will wait here for someone from the FIGC, hopefully President Giancarlo Abete."

Pesoli's suspension was based on the same evidence which saw Juventus championship-winning manager Antonio Conte banned for 10 months after failing to report match-fixing while in charge of Siena.

The appeals process is set to start on August 20.

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