Defender Andrea Masiello of Italian Serie A football club Atalanta has been arrested for alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal.
In addition to Masiello, who was a Bari defender at the time of the alleged fraud, two friends of his were arrested Monday on suspicion of having participated in the fixing of some matches during last Serie A season.
A number of other notable players have been put under investigation following warrants issued by magistrates in the southern city of Bari, Xinhua reported. The arrests were made as part of so-called Last Bet operation, which has until now led to the arrest of many people throughout Italy, including well-known players such as former Lazio forward Beppe Signori and former Atalanta striker Cristiano Doni.
De Gea praised after United extend lead
Blackburn: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed keeper David De Gea after Manchester United went five points clear of title tivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Late goals by Antonio Valencia, a sublime finish from an acute angle, and substitute Ashley Young earned Ferguson's side a 2-0 win at Blackburn on Monday. It was a seventh straight top-flight win which leaves them clear favourites to clinch a fifth title in six seasons.
"The progress is obvious, everyone can see it," he said. "We've always known he had great ability. He made three great first-half saves but that's the sort of threat that Blackburn offered."
Referees hit out at Milan claims
Rome: Italian referees' chief Marcello Nicchi has hit back at AC Milan over the 'phantom goal' that was not awarded against Catania at the weekend.
"Robinho's was not a goal and no one can show that it was one. People are talking about something that doesn't exist," he said.