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Emanuele Pesoli Protest: Soccer Player Chains Himself To Fence, On Hunger Strike After Suspension

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Siena soccer team player Emanuele Pesoli sits on a chair after chaining himself outside of the Italian Soccer Federation headquarters (FIGC) in Rome, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
Siena soccer team player Emanuele Pesoli sits on a chair after chaining himself outside of the Italian Soccer Federation headquarters (FIGC) in Rome, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

ROME (AP) — An Italian player who was given a three-year suspension in a match-fixing scandal chained himself to the gate of the Italian Football Federation's headquarters in Rome in protest over the ban.

Shaded from the sun by an umbrella and sitting in a chair, Siena player Emanuele Pesoli began his protest and hunger strike at the FIGC headquarters on Saturday.

FIGC announced its verdicts in the match-fixing scandal Friday, with punishments including suspensions for 26 players and officials. Among those suspended was Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who received a 10-month ban.

Pesoli denied wrongdoing and said his aim is to meet with his accusers face-to-face. Italian news agency LaPresse said federation director-general Antonello Valentini had come out to speak with the player.

 
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