21 players named in Italian probe
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
21 players have been named in an inquiry into betting on Italian football.
The Udine prosecution office has been looking into alleged bets made by players from 1998 to 2005, which totalled nearly £7 million.
The findings are set to be passed onto the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), who will decide how to progress.
Of the 21 players, some have now retired - but they also include high-profile names such as Italian internationals Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Di Michele and Czech ace Marek Jankulovksi.
Italian football does not allow players to bet on games and the FIGC will now see whether their rules have indeed been broken.
The players named were; Abeijon (Atalanta), Bia (ex-Bologna), Bordin (ex-Napoli), Di Michele (Palermo), Ferrante (Pescara), Fresi (ex-Inter), Gregori (ex-Udinese), Iaquinta (Udinese), Jankulovski (Milan), Kalac (Milan), Thomas Manfredini (Bologna), Margiotta (Frosinone), Pierini (ex-Udinese), Pineda (ex-Udinese), Pinzi (Udinese), Scarlato (Spezia), Schwoch (Vicenza), Sgrigna (Vicenza), Sommese (Mantova), Sosa (Napoli) and Walem (ex-Udinese).
The investiagation also took a keen interest in four drawn matches - Reggina v Bologna [May 8, 2005], Ascoli v Cagliari, Parma v Siena and Udinese v Chievo [April 22, 2006].