Former AC Milan and Italy mid-fielder Gennaro Gattuso has denied his role in match-fixing and chose a dramatic way to express himself after being placed under investigation. "I'm angry and offended. I have never gambled in my life. If something was proven I would be willing to go out into the street and - I know this is a strong thing to say - I would kill myself," Gatusso said. (Click here for more on football news)
Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino told Associated Press that Gattuso and retired Milan and Lazio player Cristian Brocchi were allegedly part of a group that fixed Serie A and other matches at the end of the 2010-11 season. A wide-ranging criminal and sporting probe into illegal betting and match-fixing in Italy has already led to several arrests and bans, according to reports. Gattuso is suspected of "associating with criminals with intent to commit sporting fraud". (Also read: Messis and drug money? No way, say Barcelona)
Gatusso won two Serie A titles and two Champions League crowns during his 13-year spell with Milan. He also won the 2006 World Cup with Italy in Germany. Gattuso took charge of Palermo in the summer after being sacked by Swiss side Sion but won just two games and was sacked.