News 10th July 2015

Serie B proposes changes to hit match-fixers

Serie B proposed changes to Italy’s legislation to help it deal with prosecuting match-fixers at an extraordinary general meeting held on 8 July, where it also postponed the start of the 2015/16 Serie B season to 5 September. Last week, Catania President Antonino Pulvirenti resigned after admitting fixing games involving five other Serie B clubs, which are also under investigation. A Cremona prosecutor this week called for Italy manager Antonio Conte to face trial along with 103 other people in relation to match-fixing allegations from 2011, when Conte managed Siena in Serie B, reported the BBC.

Serie B proposed two amendments to Italy’s Code of Sports Justice (Codice di Giustizia Sportiva e della L. 401/1989), which is currently being reformed to tighten sanctions against those who breach its rules. The first involved amending Article 41 to allow a process to recognise the victim of such breaches within sport, so that they can speak to the correct legal body about securing compensation.

The second concerned extending the seizure and criminal liability provisions against persons convicted of manipulating sporting competitions. Serie B argued that confiscation of property should be included as a penalty against those convicted of sporting fraud or malpractice under the gambling and wagering provisions within its Code of Sports Justice.

“We need to make transparency and clean sport paramount, and make it clear to those who commit and offence that they are causing serious harm to our entire movement”, said Andrea Abodi, Serie B President in a statement. “Doing this job is a privilege and, as such, carries with it a responsibility to make changes”.

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