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Italian player arrested on match-fixing charges

FOOTBALL: Atalanta’s Andrea Masiello has been arrested in a new probe into match-fixing in Italian football.

By Agence France-Presse

Saturday 7 April 2012, 02:03PM

Masiello was allegedly paid 50,000 euros for an own goal.

Masiello was allegedly paid 50,000 euros for an own goal.

Bari prosecutors had ordered an investigation into match-fixing involving the city’s club following new evidence that players were paid bribes to help determine the outcome of various matches.

Masiello, a defender, was arrested at his home in Bergamo and taken to Bari for questioning. He later admitted under questioning to have scored an own goal in a 2-0 defeat top Lecce in return for 50,000 euros (B2 million).

Two other men, Giovanni Carella and Fabio Giacobbe, who were friends of Masiello and placed bets, were also arrested.

Prosecutors are looking into five Bari matches from the last two seasons and are investigating nine ex-Bari players, including Masiello.

In total 20 people are being investigated. As well as Masiello, Daniele Portanova, Alessandro Parisi, Simone Bentivolgio, Marco Rossi, Abdelkader Ghezzal, who now plays in Spain with Levante, Marco Esposito, Antonio Bellavista and Nicola Belmonte are under investigation.

One of the primary matches under investigation is the one Masiello helped fix.

“For Bari versus Lecce on May 15, 2011, we’ve ascertained during the investigation that guarantees were made and then exchanged for money at the end of the game,” said Bari prosecutor Antonio Laudati.



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