Italian player arrested
Italian football is braced for another wave of controversy after Atalanta's Andrea Masiello was arrested in connection with match-fixing probe.
Last Updated: 02/04/12 3:53pm
Italian football is braced for another summer of controversy after Atalanta's Andrea Masiello was arrested in connection with an on-going match-fixing probe.
The defender, who joined Atalanta last summer from Bari, has been charged with "criminal association and fraud" along with two friends, Giovanni Carella and Fabio Giacobbe.
Eight of his former Bari team-mates are also under the spotlight and officials are expecting more arrests to be made.
"This is just the first wave of arrests of an investigation that began in December 2010," Bari's prosecutor Antonio Laudati.
"We have plenty of evidence in the form of payments in which results of certain games were altered."
Reports from Italy suggest the investigation will be focusing on a match between Serie A clubs Bari and Lecce in May last year which Bari, already relegated by then, lost 2-0 with Masiello scoring an own goal in the 80th minute.
Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and ex-Lazio skipper Giuseppe Signori were among 46 people arrested last year and have been banned for three-and-a-half-years and five years respectively.
"There will be zero tolerance and swift action by the sporting justice to clean up and pinpoint all those responsible," said Italian football federation president Giancarlo Abete.