Former Atalanta captain Doni among 17 arrested for match-fixing scandal
Arrest: Doni was banned earlier this year
Seventeen people, including former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni, were arrested on Monday in connection with a match fixing and betting scandal.
The operation, called “Last Bet,” was carried out in several cities in Italy following an investigation by magistrates in the northern city of Cremona.
The ANSA news agency and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that the inquiry is focused on several matches in Serie B over the past two seasons – with three of the matches including Atalanta.
Three Serie A matches from last season are also reportedly under investigation: Brescia vs. Bari, Brescia vs. Lecce and Napoli vs. Sampdoria.
Others arrested reportedly include former Inter Milan and Roma player Luigi Sartor, former Serie B player Alessandro Zamperini and active players Carlo Gervasoni of Piacenza and Filippo Carobbio of Spezia.
Charges reportedly include criminal association and sporting fraud.
In June, 16 people were arrested as part of the inquiry, which is being led by prosecutors in Cremona, and Doni was then placed under investigation.
In August, Doni was banned from football for three and a half years by the Italian football federation”s disciplinary committee and Atalanta – which was promoted to Serie A for this season – was given a six-point penalty. Doni has maintained that he is innocent.