Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Soccer: Ex-Bari defender Masiello gets suspended prison term


(ANSA) - Bari, October 3 - Former Bari defender Andrea
Masiello, one of the players at the centre of Italy's latest
match-fixing scandal, was given a suspended 22-month prison
sentence on Wednesday after a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Masiello, who has been banned from soccer by a sporting
tribunal, has admitted to deliberately scoring an own goal to
ensure Bari lost 2-0 to Lecce in the 2010-11 campaign, when they
were relegated to Serie B.
A Bari court found the 26-year-old guilty of criminal
association and sporting fraud regarding the fixing of four
Two of the player's friends who betted on fixed matches,
Gianni Carella and Fabio Giacobbe, were given 17-month suspended
Over 40 people have been arrested since the Cremona-based
'Last Bet' criminal probe went public last year, leading
sporting prosecutors to look at the case.
They include Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri and former
Italy internationals Beppe Signori and Cristiano Doni.
Four Serie A sides started this season with points deducted
because of their players' involvement - Siena (-6), Atalanta
(-2), Torino (-1) and Sampdoria (-1).
Antonio Conte, the coach of Serie A champions Juventus, is
serving a 10-month ban from the game for failing to report an
agreement to fix the result of a match when he was in charge of
Siena in the second tier in the 2010-11 campaign.
Conte is appealing and the ban is likely to be cut by four
months, according to press reports.
The new case has rocked the Italian soccer world again
after Juventus were relegated and stripped of two Serie A titles
for involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006.

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