Judge says Bari players linked to match-fixing

A judge investigating match-fixing in Italy said ”a

considerable part of the Bari squad” had links to a betting ring

that rigged games when the club was in Serie A last season.

Guido Salvini said in his release notes that the players who

have already been questioned tried to ”turn the attention to a

more minor and subordinate person.”

Bari nurse Angelo Iacovelli was released under house arrest

Wednesday after spending four days in prison.

According to Salvini, Iacovelli was used by the players as a

middle man to put them in contact with the ringleaders, who he also

accompanied to meetings at hotels.

Iacovelli’s testimony has implicated another Serie A game from

last season. Bari’s 4-0 win at Bologna was added to the

investigation, joining the club’s matches against Milan, Sampdoria,

Roma and Palermo.

Bari was relegated last season after finishing bottom of Serie


Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni and ex-Lazio captain

Giuseppe Signori are among 33 people arrested in the scandal. The

charges include criminal association and fraud.

Prosecutors in Cremona says the match-fixing ring is extensive,

stretching as far as Singapore and South America and has allegedly

been in operation for more than 10 years.