Former Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was surprisingly linked to an ongoing match-fixing investigation in Italy. His house was raided by police, as was the home of former Lazio midfielder Cristian Brocchi as four other men were arrested and charged with sporting fraud in the calcioscommesse probe.
Gattuso has always seemed more inclined to beat the pulp out of match fixers than to conspire with them, but contact between him and one of the four men arrested has drawn him into the investigation of several Milan matches in 2011, the last year the club won the Serie A title. The 2006 World Cup winner is vehemently denying any wrongdoing, though. And in characteristically violent fashion, he has threatened to kill himself in public like a samurai if he's not cleared.
From PA Sport:
Quoted in La Repubblica Sport, Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia: "Never have I ever had the slightest thought about possibly fixing a game.
"If something was proven I would be willing to go out into the street and, I know this is a strong thing to say, I would kill myself.
"Anyone who knows me knows that I can't stand to lose even a practice game, not even a game of cards with my friends.
"I'm angry and offended. I want to clear everything up so I don't have a stain on my career."
So he'd rather be a stain on the street than have one on his career. Got it.
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