Four face gambling charge
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Four Italian players have been charged with illegal gambling by the FIGC.Italian international David Di Michele has, along with three other players, been charged with illegal betting.
The Italian Football Federation has accused the Palermo star and Atalanta's Thomas Manfredini, Vicenza's Massimo Margiotta and Mantova's Vicenzo Sommesse of placing bets "directly or through a third party, on the results relative to official soccer matches organised by the Italian soccer federation."
In December, the FIGC released a list of 21 players past and present allegedly implicated in £7million worth of bets between 1998 to 2005.
After a police investigation, four of the players under scrutiny will now have to face a hearing, along with officials from Udinese, Vicenza and Mantova, although no date has been set yet.
Betting was not banned for Italian players and officials until the end of 2005, but the quartet have been accused of placing their bets before that date with an illegal bookmaker.
The FIGC could impose a ban of between three months and three years if the four players are found guilty by prosecutors.