More than 50 per cent of all Serie A players have been paid more than €300,000 by the scheme, which has also seen players on the books of other clubs and from other countries.

In April, the Football Association of Italy announced it was launching a probe into the pyramid, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract.

It has said it will seek to recover the payments by “any means necessary”.

The FAI said in a statement: “The FA I would like to point out is a company whose sole purpose is to cheat and cheat in order to profit.

This has been proven time and again in the last two years.

The FAI will be working to bring those responsible to justice.”

Roma president Walter Sabatini was recently accused of running the scheme.