FOOTBALLERS ARRESTED IN ITALY FOR FIXING MATCHES
- A third-division goalkeeper and a nurse who handled various tasks for Bari players were reportedly arrested in the latest police sweep in an ongoing Italian match-fixing and betting scandal.
The arrests of Piacenza goalkeeper Mario Cassano and Angelo Iacovelli were made early Saturday, Feb 4 morning following orders from the Cremona prosecutor leading the inquiry.
Since the first wave of 16 arrests in June, there have now been a total of 33 people arrested, including former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and former Lazio captain Giuseppe Signori.
Doni reportedly told investigators that Cassano told him where to direct a penalty kick during a fixed Serie B match last season.
Cassano is accused of fixing four Serie B matches involving Piacenza last season and in 2008-09, while Iacovelli was allegedly a middle man in fixing four Serie A matches involving Bari last season, after which both clubs were relegated.
Charges include criminal association and fraud.
The prosecutors in Cremona have detailed an extensive match-fixing ring stretching as far as Singapore and South America that has allegedly been in operation for more than 10 years, AP reported.
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