BARCELONA – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is planning to reward the Italian match-fixing whistle blower by letting the previously little-known Gubbio defender train with the national team.
Last month, Simone Farina was approached and offered ?200,000 ($260,000) to influence the outcome of an Italian Cup match between Cesena and Gubbio on Nov. 30. The player refused and reported the incident to the police, and when the news broke alongside the arrests of 17 people across Italy on Monday, Farina was hailed as a hero.
Prandelli tells Italian daily La Repubblica that ''it's a way to thank him and underline what he represents.''
Farina will likely train with Italy ahead of a planned friendly against the United States on Feb. 29. He won't play in the match.