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New Italian match-fixing probe

2015-05-19 10:06
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Rome - More than 50 people have been arrested throughout Italy and more than 70 placed under investigation as part of a widespread match-fixing inquiry led by anti-Mafia prosecutors in the southern town of Catanzaro.

Police say the sweep allegedly involves "dozens" of fixed matches in Italian football's third and fourth divisions.

Charges include criminal association aimed at sports fraud, with some linked to Mafia organizations - one in particular to the 'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate. Authorities say one police officer is involved.

Catanzaro prosecutors allegedly have uncovered a network between footballers, coaches, club presidents and management members involving more than 30 clubs.

It wasn't immediately clear if the sweep was linked to the Cremona-led Last Bet operation which began in 2011.

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