Italian footballer protests again ban

Emanuele Pesoli
Former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli. Photo: PA

Former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli has chained himself to the headquarters of the Italian Football Association out of protest at a three-year ban given to him on Friday.

The defender, who now plays for Italian second-division side Hella Verona, was banned by the Italian FA's (FIGC) disciplinary committee for three years for an alleged involvement in match fixing.

He was accused by two former team-mates, Carlo Gervasoni and Filippo Carobbio, of assisting in the fixing of Siena's game with Varese in May 2011, but he maintains his innocence and has started a protest which he hopes will lead to justice.

"I will be staying here until I cannot hold out any longer," he is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"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 the right to appeal before August 20 and he wants to meet Carobbio and Gervasoni face to face to bring out what he claims to be the truth.

"I feel very hurt by this verdict," he added. "I want to see the people who are accusing me. This is a very strong protest."