Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Italian police detain top match-fixing suspect


Milan, February 21 - Italian police said on
Thursday that they had detained Admir Suljic, a 31-year-old
Slovenian who is suspected of being a senior figure in a major
international match-fixing ring.
Investigators said Suljic is a key element in one of a
series of probes into betting-related match-fixing in Italian
soccer in recent years.
Over 40 people have been arrested since the the first of
the probes, the Cremona-based 'Last Bet' criminal investigation,
went public in 2011, leading sporting prosecutors to look at the
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).
In December Juventus boss Antonio Conte finished serving a
four-month ban for failing to report a deal to fix a match
during his time at former club Siena.
Suljic, who was arrested upon landing in Milan after a
flight from Singapore, is an alleged associate of alleged soccer
matchfixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng. Tan is a Singapore national.
Europol, the European anti-crime agency, said earlier this
month that it had identified about 680 suspicious matches
including qualifying games for the World Cup the European
Champions League.
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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