Juventus expresses ‘full support’ for Fagioli after gambling ban

AFP , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

Juventus gave their full backing to Nicolo Fagioli on Thursday after the Italy international was hit with a lengthy ban for gambling on football matches.

(FILES) Juventus' Italian midfielder Nicolo Fagioli passes the ball during the UEFA Champions League 1st round day 6 group H football match between Juventus Turin and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Juventus stadium in Turin on November 2, 2022. Photo: AFP


Fagioli was suspended for seven months on Tuesday after agreeing to a plea-bargain with the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) disciplinary tribunal, a ban which began on Thursday following the official publication of the ruling.

In a statement, Juve underlined their "full support in facing up to this challenge" for Fagioli, who had five months shaved off a year-long sentence on the proviso he undergoes treatment for gambling addiction.

The 22-year-old also has to take part in at least 10 public meetings at amateur sports associations and both local football federation and gambling addiction recovery centres according to a FIGC programme.

Juve said the club would "provide the necessary support to complete the treatment plan" and confirmed that Fagioli would return to the team set-up once he has served his worldwide ban.

Italian media report that Fagioli has run up three million euros of debt from gambling on illegal platforms, a crime for which he will also have to answer in the criminal courts, most likely with a small fine.

Fagioli could have been banned for as long as three years had he not struck a deal with the FIGC's disciplinary authorities and shown that he was taking steps to combat an admitted gambling problem.

His punishment is the first in a betting scandal which exploded while the Italian national team was preparing for their Euro 2024 qualifiers with Malta and England.

Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali is set for a longer ban for gambling on matches, including those of AC Milan while he was still playing for the seven-time European champions.

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