Signori arrested in Italy match-fixing probe
Others arrested included current players in Serie B and C, executives for lower-level clubs and betting operators.
The police operation was based in Cremona and arrests were carried out in more than 10 cities across the peninsula. Matches under investigation included some involving Atalanta and Siena, prosecutors said, which could put the two clubs’ recent promotion back into Serie A at risk.
Di Martino told a news conference that the investigation began following a Serie C match between Cremonese and Paganese in November. Cremonese players allegedly had their drinks spiked with drugs so they wouldn’t play well, and several players felt ill afterward.
“One player was involved in an unexplainable car accident, after which Cremonese registered an official complaint with the police,” Di Martino said, adding that the drug used was a sleep medication.
The betting ring is suspected of paying off one or more players on a team to fix a match, and then placing large bets on legal bookmaking websites mostly based in Asia, to avoid betting being suspended for abnormal patterns.
“The inquiry is focused on this season, but my impression is that this went on for years,” Di Martino said.
Others arrested reportedly include two players with Serie B’s Ascoli _ defender Vittorio Micolucci and midfielder Vincenzo Sommese _ Benevento goalkeeper Marco Paoloni, plus former Serie B and C player Gianfranco Parlato.
In addition, some 30 people are under investigation for alleged involvement, including Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and former Serie A player Stefano Bettarini, ANSA said.