Juventus FC midfielder Nicolo Fagioli is currently under investigation for involvement in illegal gambling activities. Turin’s chief prosecutor, Enrica Gabetta, has confirmed that Fagioli’s case centers around an illicit online betting platform, but has not disclosed further details.

According to reports, Fagioli voluntarily contacted the authorities regarding the issue. His lawyers claim that he is actively cooperating with the investigation.

This unfortunate situation comes at a particularly inconvenient time for the young Italian, as he has recently emerged as a key player for Juventus. Head coach Max Allegri promoted him to the first team following an impressive loan spell at Cremonese just a year ago. Fagioli has made six appearances this season and even represented the Italian national team.

Italian football’s chief prosecutor, Giuseppe Chine, was informed about the investigation at the end of August and received initial documents soon after.

During the initial stages of the investigation, authorities examined user access to the illegal betting sites by cross-referencing data against various transactions.

Furthermore, the investigation successfully identified the real identities and aliases of registered users on these illicit platforms. It was during this analysis that Fagioli’s name emerged.

If Fagioli is found guilty, regulations dictate that he could face a suspension of up to 36 months. While fines are typically imposed for individuals using illegal websites, Fagioli’s status as a professional athlete may result in a harsher punishment. He may face similar sporting bans to his teammate Paul Pogba, who recently experienced sanctions.

Additionally, Juventus as a club has faced penalties in the past year, including a deduction of 10 points in the Serie A domestic league last season and a ban from European football this season due to allegations of violating UEFA’s financial regulations.

The Turin Prosecutor’s Office has also levied bans on several former members of the Juventus board, including ex-club president Andrea Agnelli and former Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

If found guilty, Fagioli will be in the company of other footballers who have been banned from the sport. Brentford striker Ivan Toney received an eight-month ban after admitting to 232 betting offenses, while Nottingham Forest defender Harry Toffolo was banned for five months for breaching the same regulations on 375 occasions. As a consequence, Fagioli has been excluded from upcoming Euro 2024 Qualifying matches and will not be participating in games against Malta or England for his national team.

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