Players arrested in Italian betting probe

May 29, 2012, 11:07 IST | AFP

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri and several top players were arrested yesterday, while national team defender Domenico Criscito's room was searched at Italy's Euro 2012 training camp, as part of a probe into illegal betting.

Criscito was later dropped from from Italy’s Euro 2012 squad Mauri was one of 19 people implicated in the investigation into alleged match-fixing in the domestic game, as police swooped in dawn raids, according to Italy’s domestic Ansa news agency.

Lazio skipper Stefano Mauri was arrested yesterday. Pic/AFP

The players are suspected of having received money to fix matches for betting syndicates, whose head is believed to be based in Singapore.

Three Serie A matches — Bari-Sampdoria, Lecce-Lazio and Lazio-Genoa — were being investigated as well as seven or eight matches involving Siena last season when they were in Serie B.

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