Pessotto condition worsening, say doctors

July 7, 2006

ROME, July 7 (Reuters) - Doctors treating Juventus team manager Gianluca Pessotto, who fell from a window last week, say his condition has worsened.

'The patient's condition is worse now than in the last few days,' the doctors said in a statement on Friday.

'If before we were able to express cautious optimism, we are now withholding judgment.'

The 35-year-old former Juventus defender has been in intensive care in a Turin hospital since falling 15 metres from a window in the Juventus club headquarters on June 27. He was found clutching a rosary.

Police said they were investigating a suicide attempt. An investigative source said Pessotto was being treated for depression.

Pessotto regained consciousness briefly last week. He is being kept under heavy sedation and continues to suffer from fever and liver problems.

Pessotto was not among those facing charges at a sports tribunal into match-fixing charges that have engulfed Juventus and rocked Italian football.

The incident cast a shadow over the Italian national team which is now preparing for the World Cup final against France in Berlin on Sunday.

Juventus players Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Del Piero dedicated goals at the World Cup to their former team mate.