Nicolo Fagioli, a midfielder for the Italian team Juventus, is reportedly being investigated for allegedly engaging in illicit betting operations, according to a prosecutor who made the announcement on Wednesday, corroborating prior news allegations.
According to the newspaper La Stampa, the 22-year-old is one of many anonymous suspects who are being investigated for their possible involvement in a criminal investigation that targets users of unlawful online betting services.
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In a statement that was sent out through email, Turin’s Chief Prosecutor Enrica Gabetta stated, “I confirm the news of the investigation,” but she did not provide any more details.
The article did not elaborate on the kind of wagering that Fagioli participated in. The governing bodies of Italian soccer prohibit players from placing bets on games but allow them to participate in other forms of gambling.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the prosecutor’s office of the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) is also looking into the case of Fagioli. This confirms another part of the information that was published in La Stampa.
According to the rule of conduct established by the FIGC, a player who is discovered to have gambled on football matches runs the possibility of being banned for at least three years and fined at least 25,000 euros ($26,517.50).
The Juventus organisation chose not to comment on the matter. Messages sent to Fagioli through various social media platforms were initially unsuccessful in their attempts to get in touch with him.
This season, Fagioli has seen action for Juventus in six of the club’s eight Serie A matches. In November of the previous year, he made his debut for the Italian national team when he entered as a substitute in a friendly match that Italy won 3-1 away against Albania.