An investigation has been opened after a flurry of bets were placed on a Frosinone red card and Mirko Gori was dismissed against Napoli.
The Ciociari were already relegated ahead of Saturday’s match at San Paolo, and the midfielder was dismissed 13 minutes into a 4-0 defeat.
Gori pulled Lorenzo Insigne's shirt, then said something to the referee who sent him off for dissent.
Watchdog AGIMEG [Agenzia Giornalistica sul Mercato del Gioco] noted a series of abnormal bets, with Eurobet, Intralot and GoldBet noting a large number of bets on a Frosinone player being dismissed, so the FIGC have opened an inquiry.
“Unfortunately I have to confirm everything,” AGIMEG director Fabio Felici told CalcioNapoli24.
“This bet is not often placed, and in the days leading up to the match there were peaks of betting on ‘Red card - YES’ for Frosinone, more than the other three matches and more than foreign leagues.
“The thing that triggered the alarm was the ‘robot alert’, an automated system that monitors a real-time stream of bets on a certain outcome
“On Saturday, three agencies in the Frusinate area, Eurobet, Intralot and GoldBet blocked that type of bet.
“For the latter, the betting amounted to €5000, for the others there were even higher sums. In total, adding the three agencies together, there would have been a payout worth over €200,000.
“There are several anomalies. Firstly, SNAI [the state betting company] never offered that type of bet on Napoli-Frosinone.
“Secondly, that kind of sending-off in the first few minutes is beyond any logic, also because the referees are quite tolerant in the first few minutes of a game.
“The agencies themselves immediately contacted the state monopoly to freeze the collection of winnings. At this point the state police and the FIGC come into play.
“If someone has committed a crime, they’re taking a huge risk, because it’s easy to identify people who went to bet, for the simple reason that on your slip there’s the date and time.
“People could also be identified by surveillance cameras.”
Gori has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing, and the investigation is ongoing.