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Catania president, 6 others in match-fixing case

Catania's president and 6 others arrested for alleged fixing scheme to avoid relegation

Catania president, 6 others in match-fixing case

ROME (AP) -- The president of Catania and six others have been arrested for alleged match-fixing, in an apparent scheme to prevent the Sicilian club from relegation to the third division.

In addition to Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti, club CEO Pablo Cosentino and former sporting director Daniele Delli Carri were also arrested under sports fraud charges.

Police say the other four people arrested are betting agents or sports managers.

A month ago, Catania finished 15th in the 22-team Serie B, safely avoiding the bottom four relegation spots.

Catania was relegated a year ago after eight consecutive seasons in Serie A, having matched a club record by finishing eighth in the top flight in 2013.

Pulvirenti's low-cost airline, Wind Jet, went into crisis, and had to suspend operations three years ago.

Updated : 2021-08-01 11:39 GMT+08:00