Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011
ROME — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is planning to reward the Italian match-fixing whistle-blower by letting the previously little-known Gubbio defender train with the national team.
"It's a way to thank him and underline what he represents," Prandelli told Italian daily La Repubblica on Friday. "He didn't just show courage, he also showed extraordinary inner strength."
Last month, Simone Farina was approached and offered ?200,000 ($260,000) to influence the outcome of an Italian Cup match between Cesena and Gubbio on Nov. 30. The player refused and reported the incident to the police, and when the news broke alongside the arrests of 17 people across Italy on Monday, Farina was hailed as a hero.