Match-fixing verdicts sought quickly in Italy

Updated: 03 June 2011 20:58 IST

The Italian football federation president has called for sports justice to run its course quickly in the country's latest match-fixing scandal.

Match-fixing verdicts sought quickly in Italy

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The Italian football federation president has called for sports justice to run its course quickly in the country's latest match-fixing scandal.


Giancarlo Abete wants verdicts before the schedules for next season are released in early August.

Sports justice "must be issued in time for the start of the new season," Abete told RAI state TV on Friday. "Timeliness is needed to allow league entries to be defined."

Sixteen people were arrested up and down Italy on Wednesday for alleged involvement in a match-fixing and betting ring. Some 18 matches - mostly in Serie B and C - are under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona, where the probe is based.

Matches involving Atalanta and Siena are among those under investigation, which could put the two clubs' recent promotion back into Serie A at risk.

Reggina, Novara, Padova and Varese on Thursday began a playoff for the final Serie A promotion.

Federation prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has already opened an official inquiry and contacted prosecutors in Cremona.

"I would like to recall that during Calciopoli in 2006, sports justice issued its verdicts in two months," Abete said. "Today in Naples, ordinary justice is still at the initial stage - after five years."

The 2006 scandal - known as Calciopoli - resulted in Juventus being relegated to Serie B for a season, plus point penalties for several other Serie A clubs and lengthy bans for club and refereeing officials.

This week in Naples, public prosecutors made requests for jail sentences for some of the figures involved in Calciopoli.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Cremona were due to begin questioning suspects on Friday.



Topics : Football Italy
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