Former Juve defender Pessotto denies fall was suicide bid

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italy and Juventus defender Gianluca Pessotto has denied his fall last year from a top floor window at the club’s Turin headquarters was a suicide attempt.

The 36-year-old Juve team manager, who won six Serie A titles and the 1996 Champions League in 11 years with the club, suffered multiple fractures and internal bleeding after falling 15 metres from a fourth-floor window in June.

Reports shortly after he fell suggested he was receiving treatment for depression following the end of his playing career, and that he had been found with a rosary in his hands.

“I believe it was an accident. But we should not be afraid to speak out and express clearly whatever it is that we feel,” Pessotto said on television show Quelli calcio on Sunday.

“If someone is sad, it is right that he says so. If someone is depressed, it is right that he says so.”

Pessotto said making the transition from player to official had been one of the toughest periods of his life.

“When you stop playing you realise what you had, but it is hard to find a way forward and start a new life.

“Now, however, I’ve got a great desire to get down to work. I hope I can contribute to make the world of football in which I grew up a better place”.