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Aston Villa appoint "Mr Clean" Farina as community coach

Whistleblower who exposed Italian match-fixing scandal lands coaching job at Aston Villa

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 17 October 2012

Simone Farina, who played a key role
in helping to stop a match-fixing attempt in Italy last year, has joined
Aston Villa as a community coach.

The former Roma defender hit the
headlines when approached and offered 200,000 euros to help influence a
Coppa Italia match between his club Gubbio and Cesena in November 2011.

On a mission: New Aston Villa community coach Simone Farina

On a mission: New Aston Villa community coach Simone Farina

But Farina refused, reported the incident to Italian police and his evidence helped lead to the arrest of 17 people the following month.

It led to FIFA president Sepp Blatter naming 30-year-old Farina as a FIFA ambassador for fair play.

INTERPOL, who investigated the match-fixing scandal in Italy, also awarded Farina a commemorative medal for his contribution to crime prevention and law enforcement. Farina said: 'I know I did the right thing when I refused to get involved in the fixing of a football game.

Aston Villa new community coach Simone Farina takes part in a training session with local children at Villa Park

Aston Villa new community coach Simone Farina takes part in a training session with local children at Villa Park

'I went to the authorities because
this corruption had to be brought to the surface. This level of
deception has no place in football or in any walk of life.

'But it is also important to me that I continue to work in football and
that I am able to pass on my knowledge because football is an
inspirational game.

'A year ago I did not see my life moving
in this direction but I am really delighted to be able now to contribute
in this way at Villa.

'I wanted to move on with my life. Now I feel that I have real purpose again because of the support and opportunity Villa have given me.'

Interpol secretary-general Ron Noble said: 'Simone Farina is a football defender both on and off the pitch.

'He showed integrity and courage by turning down and reporting to the police an attempted bribe to corrupt the outcome of a match.

'He needs to become just as important a role model for our youth like stars such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

'Corruption in sport is a very complex problem for which there is no quick fix. In addition to strong enforcement efforts, all those linked to the 'beautiful game' must place a great emphasis on prevention.

'In this respect Simone Farina's appointment by Aston Villa as a coach in its community outreach programme will allow him to continue to work to keep football clean.'

Guly do Prado charged with drink-driving by police in Southampton

Saint to sinner: Do Prado hit with drink-drive charge after 4am police arrest

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 28 August 2012

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Southampton striker Guly do Prado was arrested in the early hours on Monday morning and charged with drink driving, Hampshire Police have confirmed.

The Brazilian was pulled over in his 70,000 black Porsche by officers concerned by his 'erratic' driving at 4am outside the Rancho Steakhouse on Southampton High Street.

A witness claimed that Do Prado's three passengers had to get a taxi home after the 30-year-old was driven away by the cops.

Arrest: Guly do Prado was charged with drink-driving in the early hours of Monday morning

Arrest: Guly do Prado was charged with drink-driving in the early hours of Monday morning

'There were three other people in the car, a woman and two men, who had to walk up to the taxi rank to get a lift home as the police parked up Guly’s car outside La Lupa,' the witness, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Echo.

The incident happened less than 36 hours after Do Prado played a full 90 minutes in Saints' 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Wigan.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: 'Police are able to confirm that a 30-yearold Southampton man was arrested and subsequently charged for driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed limit.

Bailed: Do Prado faces a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court next month

Bailed: Do Prado faces a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court next month

'The arrest followed after police officers noticed a vehicle being driven erratically in the High Street, Southampton, at approximately 4.35am.'

Do Prado, who has scored 22 goals for the club since he joined from Italian outfit Cesena in August 2010, has been released on bail and is set to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court next month.

Watford after Vincenzo Iaquinta

Watford hope Zola influence will bring former Juventus star Iaquinta to the club

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UPDATED:

22:12 GMT, 17 July 2012

Watford will launch an ambitious bid to sign Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta.

The 32-year-old former Italy forward has been linked with a move to Fulham in recent weeks but was at Watford yesterday and is understood to be considering joining Gianfranco Zola’s new-look squad.

Iaquinta, who was offered to Newcastle in January, spent the end of last season on loan at Cesena after being frozen out at Juventus.

Italian job: Vincenzo Iaquinta is being targeted by Championship side Watford

Italian job: Vincenzo Iaquinta is being targeted by Championship side Watford

The move comes as Zola cooled talk of a move for ex-AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi. The 38-year-old, who was reportedly due to visit on Tuesday for informal talks, has offers from Italy, America and China and is also attracting interest from Reading.

Zola, however, has moved to sign defender Fitz Hall, 31, from QPR on a free transfer to replace Adrian Mariappa and is looking at Udinese’s Switzerland midfielder Almen Abdi, 25.

The club have agreed to sell goalkeeper Scott Loach to Ipswich.

Fulham, meanwhile, are keen on signing Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan. They have had a 2million bid rejected for Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham and will consider making an improved offer.