Unless you’re an avid Serie C watcher, and we highly doubt you are, the club FC Rieti in Italy will be one you’ve probably never heard of before.
They currently sit 19th of the league’s Group C, but they’ve been in the news in Italy recently because the owner, Riccardo Curci, seems willing to sell.
What does this have to do with Brighton & Hove Albion? Well, Ezequiel Schelotto has had to come out and refute claims his brother, Emmanuele, is involved in Rieti’s potential purchase.
There’s been a few claims, but the one the right-back has targeted is that of Nicolò Schira; a name you might be familiar with from this summer’s transfer window.
Writing a long piece for specialist website TuttoC.com, the Italian journalist stated that, of the prospective buyers, ‘names that frighten a little, given the anything but immaculate curriculum, namely the duo Bobo Lamanna and Emmanuele Schelotto’.
The Brighton right-back, who was clearly pointed in the article’s direction, was swift to take action on social media, targeting Schira and ‘categorically denying’ that his brother, who lives in Argentina and works in a ‘different sector’, has anything to do with the potential purchase of Rieti and ‘no one in his family knows Mr. Lammana’.
He then invited other journalists to ‘immediately correct’ what has been reported.
The Brighton player spent the second half of last season on loan at Chievo, where he made four appearances before rupturing his cruciate ligament, which kept him out for the remainder of the campaign.