News 24th May 2016

FIGC opens match-fixing investigation following ten arrests

The Italian football association (FIGC) has opened an investigation after ten people were arrested by Naples police in connection to allegations that certain Serie B matches during the 2013/14 Serie B season were fixed. ‘In relation to the investigation conducted by the Anti-Mafia Directorate (DDA) of Naples, which this morning has led to a series of arrests for the illegal activity of betting on matches in Serie B, the FIGC’s Federal Prosecutor, Stefano Palazzi, has contacted the Prosecutor Filippo Beatrice receiving full availability to the documents involved in the investigation’, read a 23 May statement. ‘In the coming hours, an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office will be formally opened and in the coming days the withdrawal of proceedings by the DDA in Naples will be ordered’.

The Naples DDA investigation centred on two matches understood to be fixed by the ‘Vanella Grassi’ crime group, reports La Republica. Three footballers are understood to be implicated in the investigation.

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