Calciopoli again? Fixing allegations hit Italy
Police officers swooped on the Italian national football team's training camp at dawn on Monday to search the room of defender Domenico Criscito, and inform him he is being investigated in a widening match-fixing scandal.sports Updated: May 29, 2012 01:22 IST
Police officers swooped on the Italian national football team's training camp at dawn on Monday to search the room of defender Domenico Criscito, and inform him he is being investigated in a widening match-fixing scandal.
At the same time as the visit, which came just days before the start of the European football championships, police arrested 19 people, including 11 players, among them Stefano Mauri, the captain of leading Serie A side Lazio, and placed Antonio Conte, the manager of champions Juventus, under investigation. The investigation of Conte concerns his time at Siena.
The Juventus manager's lawyer, Antonio De Rencis said: "Conte's reaction is that of someone who's completely innocent and strongly determined to prove his total innocence."
Officers arrived at the Italian team's camp at Coverciano in Tuscany at 6.40am to tell former Genoa defender Domenico Criscito he would face questions in the investigation into gambling on fixed results, which has already seen players handed lengthy suspensions.
Of the 32 players invited to Coverciano, around 27 were due to be named on Monday on a provisional list for championships by team manager Cesare Prandelli.
Magistrates in Cremona who are running the investigation have focused previously mainly on Serie B matches, but Monday's operation revealed that investigators now have the top division in their sights.