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match-fixing in the news in Italy again

No great surprise here, although you'd think the games in question could have been a little more obvious. The three Serie A games listed didn't involve draws which traded at 1.55 on Thursday!


Match-fixing arrests reach 17 in Italy

CREMONA, Italy -- Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and 16 other people have been arrested across Italy in an ongoing investigation into soccer match-fixing and illegal betting.

The inquiry is focused on several matches in Serie B over the past two seasons, with Atalanta involved in three matches. Three Serie A matches from last season are also under investigation: Brescia vs. Bari, Brescia vs. Lecce and Napoli vs. Sampdoria.

"This is not the end, but just a starting point," Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino said Monday. "Let's hope it's a starting point in cleaning up the beautiful game that is football. One of the suspects has admitted that these operations have been going on for over 10 years.

"At the top of the organization are men from Singapore, who are those who move the money, but the shareholders are divided from the West, to the Far East, to South America and they manage with their men how to change the outcome of football matches."

Prices and results from BetExplorer:

Brescia v Bari - 2-0, Brescia 2.10. 19th v 20th (on end-of-season table)

Brescia v Lecce - 2-2, draw 3.20. 19th v 17th (on end-of-season table)

Napoli v Sampdoria - 4-0. Napoli 1.55, 3rd v 18th on the table (on end-of-season table)

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