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New match-fix probe hits Serie A

David Balleri
Former Livorno captain Balleri is one of five players to be charged

Five Italian players have been charged over alleged match-fixing of last season's Serie A fixtures between Atalanta and relegated Livorno.

The charge relates to last season's home and away fixtures.

Atalanta's Gian Paolo Bellini and Livorno's former captain David Balleri have been charged with match-fixing.

Livorno brothers Emanuele and Antonio Filippini and team-mate Alessandro Grandoni, have been charged for failing to inform authorities about the events.

The two sides drew 1-1 on 23 December with the 4 May fixture ending with Atlanta winning 3-2.

Both clubs were also reported to the national disciplinary commission over the behaviour of their players.

Italian football is no stranger to allegations of match-fixing.

In 2006 Lazio, Fiorentina and AC Milan were all deducted points for their part in a match-fixing scandal, while Juventus were relegated.




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