Following the announcement that midfielder Nicolo Fagioli will be suspended for seven months for violating betting laws, Juventus gave their “full support” to Fagioli.
The 22-year-old was also required to pay a fine of 12,500 euros (about £10,850) and received a suspension of five months of the 12-month suspension.
The Italian will also participate in therapy to help him overcome his addiction to gambling.
According to a statement released by Juventus, the club will “provide the player with the necessary support in carrying out the indicated therapeutic plan.”
The Italian football federation (FIGC) has stated that Fagioli infringed laws regarding the placing of bets on football tournaments that were organized by them, the European governing organization Uefa, and the world regulating body Fifa. As a result, the treatment plan will extend for at least six months.
It is alleged that Fagioli placed bets on illegitimate websites using a number of different aliases and identities.
In a statement that was published on Juventus’ website, the club wrote, “The club has noted the official press release from the FIGC and confirms its full support for Nicolo Fagioli in tackling this path.”
“We are firmly convinced that Nicolo, with the support of the club, his team-mates, his family and the professionals who will assist him, will face the therapeutic and training process with a great sense of responsibility and, once the disqualification has been served, will be able to return to competing with due serenity,” according to the announcement.
As part of the investigation into betting on Italian football, Fagioli is one of numerous players who are being looked at. Other players being looked into include Sandro Tonali of Newcastle and Nicolo Zaniolo, who is now playing for Aston Villa on loan from Galatasaray.
It was revealed on Wednesday by Newcastle that Tonali, a midfielder for the club, is the subject of an investigation by the Italian Prosecutor’s Office and that he is helping to cooperate with the investigation.
Tonali and Zaniolo were both removed from Italy’s training camp this week, while Fagioli, who has previously competed at the senior international level, did not go with the team to either of Italy’s two games this week, a victory over Malta on Saturday and a loss to England on Tuesday.