Two Italian players arrested for match fixing

Updated: May 28, 2012

Lazio’s Stefano Mauri and former Genoa player Omar Milanetto have been arrested by police in connection with an Italian match-fixing probe.

Mauri and Milanetto have been held over allegations of  ”criminal association and sporting fraud”,  according to Italian news agency ANSA.

Officers are searching more than 19 homes in Italy and around Europe, including those of coaches and players of clubs in Serie A, Serie B and lower divisions.

Police showed up at Italy’s pre-Euro 2012 training camp in Coverciano, Florence, to question former Genoa and Juventus defender Domenico Criscito, who is now a player at Zenit St Petersburg.

Seventeen people were arrested by Italian police last year, including Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni.

Atalanta, who had been promoted to Serie A at the end of the 2010-11 season, began the recently completed campaign with a six-point deduction as punishment for match-fixing.

Doni was banned from football for three and a half years by the Italian Football Federation’s disciplinary committee.

The operation is part of an investigation called “Last Bet” carried out by prosecutors in Cremona which focuses on 33 games over the past two seasons, the majority of which were in Serie B.

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