2015 Italian football match-fixing scandal

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The 2015 Italian football scandal, or Dirty Soccer, was a scandal that involved rigged matches in 2014–15 season, involving Calcio Catania.

Origins and etymology[edit]

The scandal first came to light as a consequence of investigations of prosecutors by the Italian football agency, Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali. On 19 May 2015, a total of 50 people were arrested in Italy on suspicion of match-fixing.[1] The team that was under investigation was Catania, who fixed five matches so that they could remain in Serie B. On 23 June 2015, the team's president, Antonio Pulvirenti, and six others were arrested for match-fixing.[2] Six days later, it was revealed that Pulvirenti "paid £71,000 to fix five matches".[3]

On 14 July, the FIGC announced that next season's Serie B would be delayed for two weeks due to the ongoing match-fixing scandal against Catania.[4]

Club punishments[edit]

On 20 August 2015, the Italian Football Federation announced that Catania were relegated to the third tier with 12 points deducted in the Lega Pro and fined €150,000 fine, the worst punishment of any team involved.[5] Two other teams, Savona and Torres, were relegated to Serie D for match fixing. Teramo was also stripped of the 2014–15 Lega Pro championship and promotion to the 2015–16 Serie B.[6]

Sentences[edit]

Club[edit]

Name Sentences (TFN) Appeal Final Appeal (TNAS)
Akragas €2,500 fine[7]
Barletta 1-point deduction in the 2015–16 season[8]
Catania Last place in 2014–15 Serie B (relegated), 12-point deduction in 2015–16 season and €150,000 fine[9][10]
L'Aquila 1-point deduction in the 2015–16 season[8]
Luparense San Paolo 1-point deduction in the 2015–16 season[8]
Savona Last place in 2014–15 Lega Pro (relegated) and €300,000 fine[8]
Teramo Stripped of promotion to 2015–16 Serie B and 2014–15 Lega Pro championship[8]
Torres Last place in 2014–15 Lega Pro (relegated) and €300,000 fine[8]

People[edit]

Name Sentences (TFN) Appeal Final Appeal (TNAS)
Antonino Pulvirenti (President of Catania) 5-year ban from football activities and €300,000 fine
Pablo Gustavo Cosentino (CEO of Catania) 4-year ban from football activities and €50,000 fine
Piero Di Luzio (employee of Genoa) 5-year ban from football activities and €150,000 fine

Other notes[edit]

The sentence was long disputed because of the severity of the punishment meted out to Catania compared to the other teams involved. According to the court, the conduct of team managers was considered in all cases. While not real match-fixing, it was a violation of sporting principles.

On 14 July, FIGC announced the next season's Serie B would be delayed for two weeks.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy police arrest 50 in football match-fixing probe". BBC. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Catania: Seven arrested in Italy over suspected match-fixing". BBC Sport. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Catania president 'paid £71,000 to fix five matches'". BBC Sport. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Italy's Serie B delays league start by 2 weeks following Catania match fixing scandal". The World Game. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Catania demoted to Italy's third tier for match-fixing". BBC Sport. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Catania relegated following match-fixing scandal". Goal.com. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale (C.U.) N°17/TFN (2015–16)" (PDF). Tribunale Federale Nazionale (TFN) (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC). 20 August 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "C.U. N°16/TFN (2015–16)" (PDF). TFN (in Italian). FIGC. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. ^ "C.U.N°15/TFN (2015–16)" (PDF). TFN (in Italian). FIGC. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Catania demoted to Italy's third tier for match-fixing". BBC Sport. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Italy's Serie B delays league start by 2 weeks following Catania match fixing scandal". SBC UK. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.