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Arrests made in Italian match-fixing investigation

Arrests made in Italian match-fixing investigation
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Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello was arrested on Monday in connection with alleged match-fixing in the Italian topflight last season.

Bari’s final nine games of last season are being looked into – notably the club’s 2-0 defeat by Lecce with Masiello’s dubious own goal helping his opponents avoid relegation.

It is the latest in a long line of match fixing scandals to hit Italy over the years.

But Bari District attorney Antonio Laudati defended the league in general saying: “The unlawful behaviour of a few cannot invalidate the credibility of an entire system. Especially so because a thorough investigation can clearly distinguish between those who have had a criminal conduct and those who have followed the rules, not only those that are regulated by law, but also the values of sportsmanship.”

Masiello, who now plays for Serie A side Atalanta, faces charges of criminal association and fraud.

Eight of his former Bari team-mates were also being investigated by police.

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