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15 arrested in fixing probe led by anti-Mafia authorities

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 6:00 AM

CATANZARO (AP):

Fifteen people have been arrested as part of a match-fixing inquiry led by anti-Mafia prosecutors in the southern town of Catanzaro.

The 15 arrested were among the more than 50 people who were detained by police throughout Italy last month in a sweep that authorities say involves "dozens" of fixed matches in the third and fourth divisions.

The judge for the preliminary investigation said the inquiry regards "two distinct" criminal organisations.

Charges include criminal association aimed at sports fraud, with some linked to Mafia organisations - in particular to the 'ndrangheta organised crime syndicate.

More than 70 people were placed under investigation in May, and authorities say that more people have been added to the list, among them players and club-management officials of a Calabrian division.