16 Arrested In Serie B Match-Fixing Scandal

Italian football has been rocked by yet another betting scandal, with sixteen arrested over allegations of match fixing int he Serie B - including the games of recently-promoted Atalanta and Siena.

You'd have thought that Italy were going to put the fixing matches sort of thing behind them, but turns out no. No they're not. Sixteen people, including some current Serie B players and former Italy international Giuseppe Signori, have been arrested in Italy over suspicions of being involved in yet another match-fixing scandal.

The Italian police mounted a major six-month-long operation to draw out and then arrest the sixteen, who have been described as part of an organised criminal gang where each had their own tasks and roles. Several matches have been implicated, including those involving newly-promoted Atalanta and Siena - an investigation into those games could have a major impact on the shape of Italian football in 2011/12. For now, seven of the sixteen remain in jail while Signori and eight others are under house arrest.

There are unnerving reports that the gang may have attempted to push their alleged activities into Serie A, but failed to successfully fix the March 20th match between Inter Milan and Lecce despite reportedly offering Lecce players money to allow Inter to win by at least three goals (Inter did win, but the score was 1-0). Although as far as anyone can tell, the top division was untouched, this still represents a major black eye for Italian football.

Source: Corriere Dello Sport

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