Gattuso investigated in Italian match-fixing probe

Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:08pm EST
 
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By Terry Daley

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italy international and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is under investigation on suspicion of being part of a match-fixing operation affecting dozens of Serie A games, justice system officials said on Tuesday.

Police also arrested four individuals in connection with the case which is believed to have involved more than 30 matches stretching back to 2009.

Gattuso, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, denied any connection with match-fixing and said the accusations were "absurd".

"I'm angry and offended," he told Sportmediaset television. "I don't even know how you would fix a match. I don't know how you'd go about it," he said.

Gattuso, 35, twice won the Champions League with Milan. He was sacked as manager by Serie B Palermo in September after a string of bad results.

Former Lazio, AC Milan and Inter Milan player Cristian Brocchi is also being investigated, officials said.

"It was a big surprise, we're all quite shocked. I've known Cristian for years and I think he's got nothing to do with any of this," Brocchi's agent Davide Lippi told SkyTG24 television. "Cristian is calm about it," he said.

Cremona chief prosecutor Roberto Di Martino told a news conference that investigators had identified telephone and SMS contacts between go-betweens and a number of players or individuals connected with teams ahead of matches.   Continued...

 
Injured FC Sion player Gennaro Gattuso sits in the tribune before the start of the second half of their Swiss Super League soccer match against Grasshopper (GC) in Sion May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse