Monday December 19 2011
New betting storm hits Italy

A total of 17 people – including Atalanta legend Cristiano Doni – have been arrested following another betting probe in Italy.

The ‘Last Bet’ operation, as it has been called by the authorities, is the work of local magistrates in Cremona.

It is being alleged that officials have uncovered a network being masterminded by criminal organisations in Singapore.

As well as Doni, former Italian international Luigi Sartor, ex-player Alessandro Zamperini, Piacenza’s Carlo Gervasoni and Spezia’s Filippo Carobbio have been arrested too.

It’s understood that investigators are focusing on a number of Serie B games from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons which may have been fixed.

It is also being claimed that three top-flight matches from last term are being reviewed as well – Brescia 2-0 Bari, Brescia 2-2 Lecce and Napoli 4-0 Sampdoria – as part of the probe.

This is the second betting enquiry to hit Italian football this year.

Back in June, numerous players and clubs were punished by bans and point penalties as a result of the findings.

Among them were Atalanta – hit with a six-point penalty – and Doni who was banned for three and a half years.

Atalanta and Doni have always proclaimed their innocence.

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