Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Italian scandal that just won't die

Looks like Serie A club Reggina will soon join the ranks of Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina as they have been indicted on match-fixing charges. This brings the number of those indicted to five or 25% of Serie A.

Reggina was the most unsuccessful of the five teams as they finished in 15th place for 2005-06 (all others finished in the top 6).

The trail for Reggina will not start till August 13th (Sunday), which means that, after appeals, a final decision might not be known until the end of the month.

This along with the various appeal routes Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have or might take (the Italian Olympic Committee's arbitration court and the civil court) puts the already delayed September 9th start to the Italian season in doubt.

In other Italian soccer news, prosecutors are also conducting separate criminal probes into sports fraud, illegal betting and false bookkeeping.

All this makes one wonder, what fans will want to watch a league that is so full of corruption and so unwilling to except penalties when they are caught?


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