Thirteen Italian clubs in dock over match-fixing

26 July 2012 09:16

Thirteen clubs and 44 people including Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Italian international Leonardo Bonucci have been called to appear before a disciplinary commission of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on August 2 as part of an ongoing probe into a match-fixing scandal, the FIGC said on Thursday.

Juventus' Serie A winning coach Conte was implicated in the "Calcioscommesse" affair after one of his former players Filippo Carobbio accused him of complicity in a fixed match during his time as coach of Siena in the 2010/11 season.

Carobbio claims Conte knew of an agreement to draw a match against Novara, after which both teams were promoted to Serie A.

Bonucci, who played in Euro 2012 despite suspicions hanging over him, is accused with having being involved with match fixing when he played for Bari during the 2009-2010 season.

Other players such as Italian defender Daniele Portanova of Bologna are in the same situation as Bonucci and risk a three-year suspension.

Italian internationals Simone Pepe and Marco Di Vaio are also being probed for alleged sporting fraud.

Promoted Serie A side Torino risk also starting the season with points penalty, while Serie B side Lecce risk being relegated to the third division.

Source: AFP

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