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Player admits fixing soccer games in Italy

Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni is quoted in reports as saying he approved of fixing Serie B contests and bet on them.

December 24, 2011|Wire reports
  • Atalanta striker Cristiano Doni celebrates after scoring a goal against Lazio.
Atalanta striker Cristiano Doni celebrates after scoring a goal against… (Paolo Magni / EPA )

Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni acknowledged fixing Serie B soccer games in Italy involving his team, according to reports, and said his club knew nothing about his actions.

Doni was among 16 people arrested across Italy on Monday in an investigation into match-fixing and illegal betting on games.

After five days of solitary confinement, Doni was permitted to meet with his lawyer Friday and was then questioned by prosecutors.

"Yes, I knew about the fix for Atalanta-Piacenza. I gave my approval and I bet," Doni is quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport in its Saturday editions. "I also tried to do the same thing for the match with Ascoli. But they were all personal initiatives, I'm not part of any organization. … The club didn't know anything."

Atalanta beat Piacenza, 3-0, and the Ascoli-Atalanta match finished 1-1.

In June, 16 people were arrested as part of the first wave of the inquiry, and Doni was then put under investigation.

Doni said at the time he was innocent, but in August he was banned from soccer for 31/2 years by the Italian soccer federation. Atalanta, promoted to Serie A for this season, was penalized six points.

The latest arrests come five years after another major match-fixing scandal — restricted to club and referee officials but not players — resulted in Juventus' relegation to Serie B for a season, plus point penalties for Lazio, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Reggina in Serie A.


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