Match-fixing verdicts sought quickly in Italy

The Italian football federation president is calling for sports

justice to run its course quickly in the country’s latest

match-fixing scandal.

Giancarlo Abete wants verdicts before the schedules for next

season are released in early August.

Sixteen people were arrested up and down Italy on Wednesday for

alleged involvement in a match-fixing and betting ring. Some 18

matches – mostly in Serie B and C – are under investigation by

prosecutors in Cremona.

Matches involving Atalanta and Siena are among those under

investigation, which could put the two clubs’ recent promotion back

into Serie A at risk.

Reggina, Novara, Padova and Varese on Thursday began a playoff

for the final Serie A promotion.