Impact's Di Vaio cleared in match-fixing scandal

Impact striker Marco Di Vaio has been cleared in Italy for not disclosing information about...

Impact striker Marco Di Vaio has been cleared in Italy for not disclosing information about match-fixing in a match. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 4:07 PM ET

MONTREAL - Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio escaped punishment Friday in the latest Italian match-fixing scandal.

Di Vaio, 36, was not under investigation for match-fixing, but because he did not disclose information about match-fixing in a match in Serie A in Italy.

"I'm extremely happy with this verdict," Di Vaio said. "I've always been very confident about the judge's work and I'm really satisfied that the Italian disciplinary committee confirmed my complete innocence and non-involvement."

Capped 14 times for Italy from 2001-04, Di Vaio spent most of his club career in Italy before signing with Montreal this year. He has played at Lazio, Parma and Juventus in Italy, an also spent time with Valencia in Spain.

Di Vaio was in Italy to defend himself and missed an MLS fixture last weekend against the Philadelphia Union, but will be with the team Sunday for a match against the New England Revolution.

"This is excellent news and a huge sigh of relief for everyone, especially for him and his family," Montreal president Joey Saputo said.

"We are happy that this story is over. He will now be able to move on and fully focus on his role with our club."


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