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Simone Farina (New Community Coach)


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ASTON VILLA boss Paul Lambert has signed the ‘untouchable’ of Italian football — as a community coach.

Serie B defender Simone Farina became a national hero after exposing a huge match-fixing scandal last December.

Farina was virtually unknown and playing for Gubbio when a former Roma team-mate offered him £160,000 — twice his annual salary — to throw an Italian Cup tie against Cesena.

But he was likened to legendary American cop Eliot Ness, who led an incorruptible team of agents dubbed The Untouchables, as he stood up to the match-fixers.

Thanks to his revelations, 17 people were arrested last December.

Farina, 30, became a hero in Italy and received an award from FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.

Now Lambert is set to transform Italy’s Mr Clean into a Villan!

He has offered Farina the opportunity to coach Villa’s kids and set a good example to them as they come through the ranks

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lol that sounds like the easiest job in the world, 'community coach'. Far play to the bloke, he really is cashing in on his success after having a pretty non-descript playing career (although £80k a year to play in the 3/4th tier of Italian football isn't a bad set up at all).

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