Italy coach Devis Mangia has been sacked from Malta’s football team after the country’s federation received a report referring to “an alleged violation of its federal policies”. According to the Italian newspaper The Republicthe coach was accused of sexual abuse by one of his athletes.
“The fact is that more than one player has raised the issue. Also the background: Mr Mangia had a similar problem in Ascoli [segunda divisão da Itália] during the 2015-2016 season”, writes the newspaper.
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The Maltese Football Federation (FFM) said in its statement that Devis Mangia, 48, “has made himself fully available for the investigation of the case”.
The FFM also stated that it will not make “any further comments until the next steps have been discussed within the respective decision-making bodies, in an open and transparent manner”.
Devis Mangia had been appointed coach of the Malta national team in 2019. Previously, he managed several clubs, especially Palermo, from the italy first divisionin the 2011/12 season.