Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Paolo Cannavaro faces match-fixing charge


Rome, October 26 - Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro,
the brother of Italy's retired 2006 World Cup-winning captain
Fabio Cannavaro, was charged by Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC)
prosecutors with an alleged match-fixing offence on Friday.
Paolo Cannavaro, 31, is suspected of failing to report an
agreement to fix the result of Napoli's match against Sampdoria
in Genoa on May 16 2010. Sampdoria won the match 2-1.
Backup Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was charged with
the more serious offence of sporting fraud and several other
people involved in football have been charged with involvement
in fixing that match and a second-tier game between Portogruaro
and Crotone in May 2011.
The move is the latest development stemming from a series
of probes into betting-related match-fixing in Serie A.
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.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte is currently serving a
four-month ban for failing report a deal to fix a match during
his time at former club Siena.
Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello, meanwhile, was this
month given a suspended 22-month prison sentence after a plea
bargain with prosecutors.
Masiello, who had already been banned from soccer by a
sporting tribunal, 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
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.
That scandal regarded schemes to have compliant referees
officiate some teams' matches.

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