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I’ve never gambled: Gattuso

Former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has rejected accusations of his alleged involvement in match-fixing and dramatically claimed he would kill himself if found guilty.

Gattuso, a 2006 World Cup winner who played for Rangers in the late 1990s, was on Tuesday named by Italian media in a probe being carried out by Cremona’s prosecuting office.

Ex-Lazio midfielder Cristian Brocchi is included in the investigation, according to reports. Both face allegations that they were involved in a betting ring that fixed Serie A and other Italian games in the 2010-11 campaign. Gattuso told an Italian daily: “Never have I ever had the slightest thought about possibly fixing a game.

“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. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t stand to lose even a practice game, not even a game of cards with my friends. I’m angry and offended. I want to clear everything up so I don’t have a stain on my career. I have never gambled in my life.”

Reports in Italy claim that Gattuso and Brocchi both had telephone contact with people that were arrested on Monday.