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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Italian member of preliminary Euro 2016 squad arrested

Yet more match fixing allegations from Italy where it is thought that the Camorra mafia fixed two matches involving Avellino, in Serie B in 2014.

Italian member of preliminary Euro 2016 squad arrested

Caught up in this is Genoa defender Armando Izzo, a former player at Avellino, who on Tuesday denied to Sky Sports that he had done anything wrong. This was as a result of being put under investigation.

"I have absolutely nothing to do with it. I have faith in the judiciary. I feel like I'm living in a nightmare. The only thing I remember is that I was injured in those two matches and I didn't even play. Now I feel a little dejected after reading these things".

Ten people were arrested on Monday including two other former Avellino players who were put under house arrest.

Italian investigators suspect that a Camorra clan used major sums of monsy to corrupt players to influence the results of two matches. Those were Avellino's 3-0 win over Reggina and Modena's 1-0 win over Avellino.

Izzo, the 24-year-old Genoa central-defender, took part in a pre-European Championships training camp with the Italian national team last week but did not make the cut for the preliminary 30-man squad announced Monday.

On Wednesday, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi called on Italy's football authorities to take action to prevent sometimes deadly stadium violence and return the sport to families and fans. 

"The government is ready to do its part, but this challenge must see society, the [Italian Soccer] Federation, soccer employees, and the best part of organized fan clubs on the front lines,"

The Premier was writing on his online newsletter the day after ex-Roma ultra Daniele De Santis was sentenced to 26 years for killing Napoli fan Ciro Esposito before the 2014 Italian Cup final.

"There were new incidents at this year's Italian Cup final, 24 months after Ciro's tragic end. Luckily there were no victims. But it is still unacceptable. Dying young is always a contradiction - dying over a football game is simply absurd".

You have to agree with that sentiment so why does football allow third party ownership. It opens the door to corruption and the corruption investigations in Italian football are frequent. 

He Roma ultra accused of the death of Napoli fan Ciro Esposito before the 2014 Italian Cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina, was found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in jail Tuesday.

Two Napoli fans allegedly involved in the clashes, Gennaro Fioretti and Alfonso Esposito, have also been sent to trial.


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