Catania: Seven arrested in Italy over suspected match-fixing

Catania's Stadio Angelo Massimino,
Sicilian side Catania were promoted from Serie B in 2005-06

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti is one of seven people arrested over suspected match-fixing involving some of the Italian Serie B club's matches.

Pulvirenti's deputy, Pablo Cosentino, and former director of sport Daniele Delli Carri were also arrested.

The seven people arrested are accused of committing "fraud in sporting competition", says Catania police.

The authorities have not released details of the matches on which the investigation is focused.

Catania's public prosecutor Giovanni Salvi said: "At least five games, maybe six, were fixed and sums of money given to players.

"Other individuals are being investigated but they will remain unnamed."

Catania, relegated from Serie A in 2013-14, finished 15th in Serie B last season, three points above the relegation play-off places.

Serie B president Andrea Abodi said: "My first reaction is one of great pain because we work hard every day to make sure the league is credible and to help our reputation grow.

"It has left a very bitter taste."

A month ago, 50 people were detained on accusations of fixing dozens of matches in the country's third division and its top semi-professional league.

In 2006, Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina were demoted to the second division for their involvement in match-fixing. Juve were also stripped of the league titles they won in 2005 and 2006 and docked 30 points.

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