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.external-link

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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