Impact's Di Vaio faces potential ban

Impact's Di Vaio faces potential ban

MLS- Montreal Impact

Impact's Di Vaio faces potential ban

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Marco Di Vaio's first season in MLS could potentially be coming to an abrupt halt.

The Montreal Impact Designated Player faces up to a six-month ban for allegedly failing to report instances of match-fixing carried out by his teammates when he played for Bologna. Di Vaio is currently in Italy for a disciplinary hearing and will miss the club's match against the Philadelphia Union this weekend. Despite the incident happening in Italy last year and completely independent of MLS, Di Vaio would reportedly be suspended by the Italian federation from playing anywhere if found guilty, meaning his season with the Impact would be over.

Di Vaio, who is part of a widespread investigation into the country's latest match-fixing scandal, has claimed to have done no wrong, and Impact coach Jesse Marsch does not seem particularly apprehensive about Di Vaio being disciplined according to comments he made to The Canadian Press.

"I haven't even thought twice about it," Marsch said. "From everything I've heard, it's more like a deposition and less of a trial. I'm not too worried about it."

Di Vaio, 36, just scored his first goal for the Impact last week and has started to come on strong for the expansion side. In eight games with the Impact Di Vaio has a goal and two assists.

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