Chievo, Atalanta Allegedly Involved In Italian Match-Fixing Scandal

The Serie B match-fixing scandal which broke last month apparently had a wider reach than initially believed, with Serie A team Chievo now embroiled in suspicion, according to Football Italia. The two top-flight side joins sixteen other sides in the Serie B and below, as well as recently-promoted Atalanta, in being referred to a FIGC disciplinary panel that will quiz them in their supposed involvement with the fiasco.

Being involved in match-fixing (and getting caught, of course) is a dangerous business. If the allegations that Atalanta or Chievo were part of a rigging scheme prove founded, they could well see the hammer dropped on them by the FIGC. A major points deduction and the near-certain relegation that would go with it certainly isn't out of the question, but the risks are known to any club or player who participates in match-fixing, and yet it continues to happen across Europe. The only reason the Italy issue hasn't gotten more attention is because until now no Serie A side had been implicated and because Turkey's own scandal has been far more catastrophic. But make no mistake - this is not good at all.

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