National hero joins Villans

Simone Farina, Aston Villa community coach

Aston Villa have signed the ‘untouchable’ of Italian football, Simone Farina as a community coach.

The former Serie B defender was hailed as a national hero after exposing a huge match-fixing scandal last December.

Before his heroics, the Gubbio defender was an unknown quantity, when a former Roma team mate offered him £160,000, twice his annual salary to throw an Italian cup tie against Cesena.

Due to his revelations he helped sentenced 17 people to jail, and received an award from FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.

Farina 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.

Villa boss, Paul Lambert is now hoping that Farina can turn from hero to Villan, as he has offered the former defender a chance to work with youngsters to set a good example as they come up through the ranks at the Premier League club.

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