Nicolo Fagioli Receives 7-Month Ban for Betting Breach

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Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli has been hit with a seven-month ban by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) due to a violation of betting regulations. The FIGC found Fagioli guilty of breaching Article 24 of the sporting justice code, which prohibits any form of betting on football events organized by the FIGC, UEFA, and FIFA. The 22-year-old has also been fined €12,500 for his transgression.

Originally facing a 12-month ban, Fagioli’s punishment was mitigated to a seven-month suspension, with the remaining five months commuted. Instead, Fagioli will participate in a comprehensive six-month therapy program to address his gambling addiction. Additionally, he will be required to engage in at least ten public speaking sessions at amateur sports associations and organizations aiding individuals with gambling problems.

The midfielder, who has made 45 senior appearances for Juventus since his debut in 2021, admitted to placing bets on football matches, clarifying that these bets never involved his own team. Despite the severity of the punishment, it was reported that Fagioli reached an agreement with the FIGC regarding his penalty.

The case of Fagioli comes amid a broader investigation into alleged betting irregularities involving over 40 Italian players, including Newcastle United’s Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa’s Nicolo Zaniolo, both of whom were implicated in the same probe. The investigation is believed to be related to illegal betting activities, prompting Tonali and Zaniolo to withdraw from the Italian national team’s training camp during the recent international break.

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Fagioli’s absence will be another blow to Juventus, who are already dealing with the provisional suspension of France international Paul Pogba following a failed drug test. Fagioli, who played a significant role in Cremonese’s promotion to Serie A during his loan spell, has made six appearances for Juventus this season, providing one assist.

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