Hearings Begin In Latest Italian Betting Scandal

VERONA, ITALY - MAY 13: Massimiliano Benassi of US Lecce show his disappointment for relegation to serie b at the end of the Serie A match between AC Chievo Verona and US Lecce at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on May 13, 2012 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Investigations into the most recent Italian football scandal, centered on Bari and Cremona, gathered steam on Thursday when the FIGC released a list of individuals and clubs facing charges.

Earlier on Thursday, we found out about ex-Siena and current Juventus coach Antonio Conte being charged with indirect involvement in the latest Italian football betting scandal. Now, the Italian Football Federation has released a list of all players and clubs involved, directly or indirectly, with the affair.

The most serious charges are those of direct responsibility. Two clubs, Lecce and Grosseto, have been charged thusly, and could well face demotion from Serie B into Lega Pro. Eleven other clubs are charged with indirect responsibility, meaning individuals within the club knew what was going on. Those clubs are Albinoleffe, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Novara, Portogruaro, Sampdoria, Siena, Torino, Udinese and Varese. Additionally, Genoa, Lazio and Napoli are still being investigated, and could very well face charges.

The individuals are also split into two groups. Many players and coaches have been charged with sporting fraud, including Andrea Masiello, who has already admitted to scoring an own goal to help Lecce beat Bari, and ex-Bari and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. The former president of Lecce, Pierandrea Semeraro, is also on the list.

Coaches and players facing the lesser charge of failure to report an attempted sporting fraud include the aforementioned Conte, Simone Pepe, who was at Udinese at the time, and Marco Di Vaio, now at Montreal Impact but formerly with Bologna.

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