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Italian player suspended for 3 years over match-fixing ends 4-day protest and hunger strike

Siena soccer team player Emanuele Pesoli sits on a chair after chaining himself outside the Italian Soccer Federation headquarters (FIGC) in Rome, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Shaded from the sun by an umbrella and sitting in a chair, Pesoli begin his protest, including a hunger strike, Saturday in front of FIGC headquarters. FIGC's disciplinary announced verdicts on Friday, including suspensions for some 26 players or officials, including Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who received a 10-month suspension. Pesoli denied wrongdoing and told reporters his aim is to meet with his accusers face-to-face. (AP Photo/Patricia Thomas)
August 15, 2012 - 1:43 PM

ROME - An Italian player who was given a three-year suspension in a match-fixing scandal has ended his four-day protest and unchained himself from the gate of the Italian Football Federation's headquarters in Rome.

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

The 32-year-old defender ate for the first time on Wednesday morning and ended his protest after a phone call from FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini. Pesoli will meet FIGC President Giancarlo Abete on Friday.

FIGC announced its verdicts in the scandal last Friday. Among those suspended was Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who received a 10-month ban.

Pesoli denied any wrongdoing and started his protest with the aim of meeting with his accusers face-to-face.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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