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Whistle-blower offered training reward

Updated: December 23, 2011, 1:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ROME -- Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is planning to reward Simone Farina, the player who became a whistle-blower on a match-fixing offer, by letting the previously little-known Gubbio defender train with the national team.

"It's a way to thank him and underline what he represents," Prandelli told Italian daily La Repubblica. "He didn't just show courage, he also showed extraordinary inner strength."

Last month, Farina was offered $260,000 to influence the outcome of an Italian Cup ...

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