AS Roma star Daniele de Rossi was shocked to see his name mentioned in reports over the match-fixing betting probe.
De Rossi, despite not being one of the 16 people arrested or even one of those placed under investigation, woke up this morning to find his name associated with the scandal.
"I am outraged," he told Italian news agency ANSA on Friday. "False references have been made about me regarding a situation that I have nothing to do with at all.
"It's my intention to underline all my indignation at what appeared in some newspapers and, indeed, which was immediately contradicted by authoritative judicial sources.
"I am completely unrelated to this story. There have been references made to myself which were completely false and invented," he added.
"For this reason I will protect my image and my integrity in court against anyone who will associate my name to this story. I have nothing to add."