Friday, 4 July 2008

Five players face match-fix probe

The Italian Football Federations have charged five players over alleged match-fixing in last season's home and away Serie A fixtures between Atalanta and relegated Livorno.

Atalanta's Gian Paolo Bellini and former Livorno captain David Balleri have been charged with seeking to fix the results of the games on December 23, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and May 4, which Atalanta won 3-2, the FIGC said.

Livorno brothers Emanuele and Antonio Filippini, along with team mate Alessandro Grandoni, have also been reported by the Federation's prosecutor to the national disciplinary commission for a failure to inform the authorities about the events.

"I don't think there was any type of agreement at all," said Atalanta coach Luigi Del Neri. "Atalanta played to win, as always."

The two clubs were also reported to the commission over the behaviour of their players.

Source: Reuters

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