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Ex-AC Milan man swaps football for ice hockey

Former AC Milan striker Vitali Kutuzov has swapped football for ice hockey while serving a ban for involvement in a betting scandal.

Belorussian international Vitali Kutuzov has become an ice hockey goalkeeper while serving a ban for his involvement in the Calcioscommesse betting scandal.

The 33-year-old had something of a journeyman career, representing Avellino, Sampdoria, Parma, Pisa and Bari as well a forgettable spell at AC MIlan when he played just twice in three years.

Kutuzov was one of several players to be indicted for his involvement in illicit betting while playing in an Antonio Conte led Bari's 3-2 defeat at relegation threatened Salernitana in May 2009.

Having been banned from football for three and a half years, Kutuzov embraced another passion - ice hockey. 

While he was a striker as a footballer, Sportmediaset reports that Kutuzov is keeping goal for Sesto San Giovanni's ice hockey team in Lombardy.

Kutuzov has decided to embark upon a new sporting adventure and says he has no intention of appealing against his ban from football, instead he is happy to be able to pursue his love of ice hockey full time.

While a number of footballers have taken up other sports after retirement, such as ex-AC Milan man Andriy Shevchenko who is playing professional golf, it is very rare for a player to trade one sport for another mid-career.

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