Zamparini: Monti should be ashamed for suggesting Serie A be suspended

Italy prime Minister Mario Monti had no idea what he was talking about when he suggested Serie A should be suspended following the Scommessopoli investigations, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

Police had earlier arrested 19 people, including Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, on Monday in relation to the latest match-fixing probe into the alleged rigging of Serie A and B games.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte also had his house searched, while Domenico Criscito was withdrawn from the national team after his room at the Azzurri's Euro 2012 training base was raided.

Monti caused controversy by branding events "shameful", and suggested that the sport should be suspended in order to put an end to the foul play plaguing the game, a proposition Zamparini shot down.

"The only thing shameful about this country is when someone says something like what Monti has said," Zamparini told assembled reporters at a press conference.

"This man is a hopeless entrepreneur. Before he says that we have to stop the game of football, he should think about his problems and all that he is destroying and shutting down with his measures.

"Will a stop of two to three years benefit the game? Unlikely. Monti should think before he speaks."

Scommessopoli could further affect the Cesare Prandelli's Euro 2012 preparations, given that stand-by defender Leonardo Bonucci was also reportedly implicated.

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