An informant has apologized for falsely implicating Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella in the ongoing Italian football gambling scandal.

Informant Maurizio Petra issued his apology and made clear that he has no information linking the Nerazzurri player to the scandal in today’s print edition Italian newspaper La Verita, via FCInterNews.

In the past couple of days, Barella’s name has been the latest to come up in the betting scandal in Italian football.

The scandal has dominated the headlines during the international break.

Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli has already received a seven-month ban for his role.

Meanwhile, two other prominent players currently in the Premier League face the prospect of lengthy bans.

Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali and Astoni Villa’s Nicolo Zaniolo have also been at the centre of reports.

But the scandal is not limited to just three players. There have been strong suggestions implicating many more players, potentially.

And in the gossip columns, other names have started to emerge. One of them has been that of Barella. The 26-year-old is the first Inter player to be named in relation to the gambling scandal.

But Barella responded in the strongest possible terms – denying the allegations and hitting out vitriolically at those who have spread his name around as part of the gossip.

Informant Apologizes To Nicolo Barella For Baseless Gambling Allegations

Newspaper La Verita has had its role in the scandal. The newspaper have named some other players beyond Fagioli, Tonali, and Zaniolo.

One of these was Inter midfielder Barella.

Specifically, informant Maurizio Petra had mentioned the 26-year-old Nerazzurri man’s name.

But after Barella came out swinging and strongly denied his involvement, Petra has given his apology.

The informant has made his position clear. “You have nothing to do with this,” he said about Barella.

“The newspaper reported what I said and wrote,” he continued.

“I want to apologize to Barella for my mistake. I made a mistake in naming him, I was confused because I’ve heard his name a lot in recent days.”