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 By Ben Gladwell

Ten arrests made in Serie B match-fixing investigation

Italian anti-mafia police carried out raids that led to 10 arrests on Monday over the suspected fixing of two games from Italy's Serie B in 2014.

Seven individuals belonging to the "Vanella Grassi" Camorra group are in custody with a further three under house arrest, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and La Repubblica, after an investigation was launched into two fixtures from Italy's second tier.

The games in question -- Avellino's 3-0 win over Reggina and Modena's 1-0 win over Avellino -- are reported to have been manipulated for betting purposes with the Camorra group making money on the outcomes.

Genoa's Armando Izzo, who was last week included in an Italy squad for evaluation ahead of Euro 2016, is also among the list of suspects the authorities would like to speak to. He was captain of Avellino at the time the two games took place.

According to investigators, coordinated by Filippo Beatrice, the group earned €170,000 from bets totalling €800,000 on the matches, with smaller sums paid to players of Avellino for their help in obtaining the desired results.

The investigation is the latest in a line of similar enquiries into alleged match-fixing in the Italian game. Italy coach Antonio Conte was last week acquitted as part of a separate civil trial, also involving the manipulation of Serie B games.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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