Increasingly, the Italian bribery scandal begins to take shape. Following on from the internationals Domenico Criscito and Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon is now also regarded as a suspect in the notorious case.
The Juventus goalkeeper is believed to have gambled illegally on sporting events. A tobacco shop in Parma, where bets can be placed on football matches, received more than fourteen checks worth more than a half million from the 34-year shot stopper. As a professional player, Buffon is not entitled to bet on matches.
There is currently an investigation into whether the Italy international's transactions actually have anything to do with football betting. The Italian Ministry has confirmed that an investigation has begun into the suspicious transfers.
Earlier, the Italian coach Cesare Prandelli decided to leave Criscito out of the European 2012 championship squad because of the accusations, while Buffon's teammate at Juventus, Bonucci, is allowed to remain in the squad.