National service just reward for honourable Italian player
Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00
A second-tier Italian footballer has shown that crime doesn't always pay.
The player has been called up to train with the national team as a reward for turning his back on a match-fixing scam.
Defender Simone Farina, who plays for Serie B side Gubbio, has been invited by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to join his squad in the new year.
Farina (29) told police he had refused a €200,000 offer to fix an Italian Cup match between Cesena and Gubbio on November 30. The money Farina might have received would have been more than double his salary.
"Gestures like that don't come easy in the lower divisions," Prandelli said.
But Gubbio club president Marco Fioriti warned against treating Farina as a hero. "His behaviour was normal, a normal person who has sound principles in mind," said Fioriti.
Normal behaviour appears to be in short supply recently.