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Last Updated: Monday, 17 July 2006, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Pessotto out of danger after fall
Juventus general manager Gianluca Pessotto
Italy international Pessotto played for Juventus for 11 years
Doctors treating former Juventus star Gianluca Pessotto, who fell from a window at the club's headquarters on 29 June, say he is now out of danger.

The former Italy international suffered multiple fractures after a fall which police think was a suicide attempt.

Pessotto, 35, has now resumed breathing on his own and doctors have described his condition as "gradually improving".

Pessotto, who had been suffering from depression, fell 15 metres from a window, clutching a rosary.

The ex-Juve star and now general manager was not among those found guilty of match-fixing charges involving the Turin club.

Doctors put Pessotto into a pharmalogical coma when he arrived at the hospital and gave him several blood transfusions following blood loss due to internal bleeding.

Police investigate at the Juventus club offices in Turin
Police investigate the fall at the Juventus club offices in Turin

Pessotto's wife has confirmed her husband had been suffering from depression.

The former Italy international took over as general manager in May and Mrs Reana Pessotto said: "He did not feel capable of being in the role."

His appointment came as Juve's entire board resigned ahead of the match-fixing investigations.

She added: "He kept telling me that there was too much difference between being on the field and behind a desk."

Pessotto spent 11 years with Juve as a player, during which time he won 22 caps for Italy.

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