Police in Italy have made arrests relating to a match-fixing scandal in Serie B, the second division of Italian Football (soccer). Included in the arrests are Cristiano Doni who has played for the Italian National Team and was even on the squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea. While the arrests have targeted mostly Serie B players, the police are said to be investigating at least three Serie A matches. This is not the first time that such issues have surfaced in Italy, but one of the suspects arrested is claimed to have stated that match-fixing has been prevalent in the league for the last ten years. Doni’s arrest was no surprise, as he was banned for three and a half years from professional football by the Italian Federation earlier this year.
In other news, Sevilla (of Spain’s La Liga) President Jose Maria del Nido has received a seven and a half year prison sentence for his role in embezzling money from the Spanish town of Marbella. In a curious set of circumstances, the club’s vice president has said that the sentence is unfair, and that del Nido should be allowed to continue as President of the club. I wonder if anyone has ever run a football club from prison.