Buffon questioned by magistrates

Buffon questioned by magistrates

Post by Paul » Sun, 14 May 2006 23:52:31

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was questioned by
magistrates on Saturday over alleged betting improprieties -- part of
a string of scandals which has rocked the nation just weeks before the
start of the World Cup.

Buffon, the world's most expensive keeper, voluntarily presented
himself for questioning by magistrates in Turin, the home town of his
team, Serie A champions Juventus -- the club at the eye of a storm
that has hit Italy's soccer elite.

The player's lawyer denied his client had broken Italian rules which
ban players from betting on football matches.

"Buffon explained to the magistrates that he had bet on foreign
football and other games before autumn of 2005," Luigi Chiappero told
reporters, saying he had not placed any bets on soccer since the ban
on betting in any league had been in place.