Italian Football Suffers Another Match Fixing Scandal

Published Wednesday, July 01, 2015 -
Italian Football Suffers Another Match Fixing Scandal

Corruption it seems is not always relegated to the desperate criminal but also to the greedy individual who thinks they are above the law. The recent corruption allegations relating to the FIFA organization’s top executives is an example of those who hide behind their positions of authority in sports to perpetrate crimes.  In Italy recently the arrest of seven people over alleged match-fixing confirms that the corruption in sport is deeply rooted.

Antonino Pulvirenti, president of Italian Serie B second-tier football club Catania, has been confirmed as one of seven people to have been arrested after a lengthy investigation. Italian police confirmed that the seven people arrested are accused of committing “fraud in sporting competition”.  A report by the BBC said, Catania's public prosecutor Giovanni Salvi, commented, “At least five games, maybe six, were fixed and sums of money given to players,” Salvi added,  “Other individuals are being investigated but they will remain unnamed.”

Prosecutors said evidence indicating that an alleged network between club presidents, coaches, players and some management members was available to them. The president of Catania Antonino Pulvirenti has been accused of paying £71,000 to fix five matches in order to keep his team in the country’s Serie B second-tier. The president admitted during questioning that he paid for five matches to be fixed during the 2014-15 season.

With a total of 19 people still part of the investigation into the alleged match fixing there still may be more arrests and charges pending. It has been alleged that the matches were fixed to ensure that Catania avoided relegation from Serie B. Catania won four of the five matches allegedly corrupted and tied the other which allowed the team move up the league away from the relegation zone. The Catania website stated although Pulvirenti had “contacts with other parties” in efforts to save the club from relegation, these had no “real effect on the outcome”.





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