Gennaro Gattuso has been placed under investigation for match-fixing in Italy.
The former Italian international and retired Lazio player Cristian Brocchi had their homes searched on Tuesday and will reportedly face charges of criminal conspiracy and sports fraud.
The allegations are that Gattuso and Brocchi played a part in a ring that fixed Serie A and other Italian matches during the 2010-11 season. At that time Gattuso was playing in his 12th season at AC Milan.
“Gennaro is stunned by the news,” his agent Andrea D’Amico told the Press Association. “I spoke to him and he is returning home (to Milan). We are remaining calm and we have to be patient and see how the investigation develops.
“However, just because he is under investigation does not mean anything, for all we know this could be just false allegations. Sometimes when you are a famous player, it is very easy for your name to appear and to be a target. We will wait and see how the situation develops.”
The match-fixing ring allegedly extends from Singapore to Italy to South America and has been in operation for more than 10 years. Since 2011, more than 50 people have been arrested for match-fixing in Italy with a number of lengthy bans handed out to players including former Lazio captains Giuseppe Signori and Stefano Mauri, as well as former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni.
No stranger to controversy on the pitch, since retiring as a player in 2012-13 Gattuso has continued to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In February 2013 he was named manager of Swiss side Sion, with whom he ended his playing career. Three months later, Sion sacked the Italian after a poor run of results. The 35-year-old was subsequently hired by Serie B side Palermo last fall but was sacked after just six weeks into the season.
Two weeks ago Gattuso made the back pages when he said he couldn’t see a place for women in soccer: “I can’t really see women in football. I don’t like to say it but that’s how it is.” That comment was made after Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani agreed to share his role with Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of club president Silvio.
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.