KRAKOW, Poland (AP) – Clearly angered with his treatment from the Italian media, Gianluigi Buffon has made an emotional appeal to fans ahead of the team's European Championship opener against Spain on Sunday.
A week after reports surfaced that he had his banking records examined on suspicion he made large bets, the Italy captain tells his fans on Facebook that their support ''would be the strongest signal against those who want to separate us and create divisions between us and you.''
Buffon says ''start thinking with your own head people, don't be fooled by those whose job it is to stir up trouble! We're ready to battle, with you by our sides.''
Buffon has not been placed under investigation and is not accused of any wrongdoing.