PM speaks of ‘profound sadness’ following yet more match-fixing arrests.
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Halt Italian football for 2-3 years, says PM Monti
Professional football in Italy should be suspended for up to three years after a match-fixing row, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has suggested.
He said that the scandal had caused “profound sadness” across the country.
Mr Monti was speaking a day after a number of people – including Lazio’s captain Stefano Mauri – were arrested.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who just led the club to the Serie A title in his first season in charge, is among those being questioned by police.
Officers also visited Italy’s pre-Euro 2012 training camp to question left-back Domenico Criscito.
The Italian football federation later announced that Criscito, who is now at Zenit St Petersburg in Russia, would not be selected for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine “in order to clear his name”.
“I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea to suspend the game for two or three years,” Mr Monti said on Tuesday.
“It’s particularly sad when a world which should be an expression of the highest values – sport, youth, competition, fairness turns out to be a mass of foul play, falsehood and demagoguery.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
These are strong words from the Italy’s Prime Minister and such a suggestion may well get some backing from those who are sick and tired of seeing the game sullied by repeating accusations, and resulting convictions, relating to match-fixing in the game.
In practice one wonders how such a suspension would work and if it was brought in then one could imagine that many Italians would simply flee to other European leagues to seek employment. It’s clear that something has to be done but as yet it’s unclear what.
These latest arrests have resulted in a dark shadow eclipsing Italy’s involvement in the upcoming Euro 2012 finals.
Italy’s friendly with Luxembourg was called off tonight following an earthquake in Parma.