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Probe into suspicions Naples Mafia fixed matches

Around 150 games under scrutiny, some in Serie A

23 September, 15:01
Probe into suspicions Naples Mafia fixed matches (ANSA) - Naples, September 23 - Italian prosecutors said Friday that they had detained eight people as part of a probe into suspicions the Naples Mafia, the Camorra, has fixed Italian soccer matches, including a handful in the top flight Serie A.

The prosecutors said they are looking at 150 matches, most in the minor leagues, after reports of irregular betting patterns from the agency that oversees gambling here.

Promoted Atalanta started the season with a six-point penalty for involvement in a separate betting-related match-fixing scandal.

The Bergamo club's captain Cristiano Doni was suspended from football for three years and six months by an Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) disciplinary commission for involvement and former Italy striker Beppe Signori was handed a five-year ban too.

The interior ministry set up a match-fixing task force in June to look into sporting fraud which included officers from Italy's special anti-mafia squad after that scandal came to light.

In 2006 Italian football was rocked by a massive match-fixing scandal that ended with Juventus being relegated to Serie B, although that regarded alleged attempts to arrange compliant referees for games and is not believed to have involved betting.

Juve were also stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles while four other clubs - AC Milan, Lazio Rome, Fiorentina and Reggina - were handed penalty points.

The criminal trial into that affair is reaching its final stages in Naples where prosecutors have asked for a sentence of five years and eight months for the alleged ringleader, former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi.

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