New set of Italian players in hot water over allegations of match-fixing

Marco Luzzani

Players and other individuals associated with A.S. Bari in 2008 and 2009 face charges related to sporting fraud and failure to report match-fixing.

32 individuals have been charged in Italy's latest round of match-fixing allegations. The charges are tied to two lower-division matches: Bari 0-1 Trevisio in May 2008, and Salernitana 3-2 Bari in May 2009. The players and associates are charged either with sporting fraud or with failure to report attempted match-fixing.

Perhaps the biggest name on the list is that of current Torino and Belgian international goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet, who played for Bari from 2000 - 2011. The 34-year-old faces charges of sporting fraud and, if found guilty, could face a five-year ban.

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, on loan to Bari from 2008 - 2010, was examined by the FIGC prosecutor, but faces no charges. So to was Antonio Conte, current coach of Juventus who served a four-month touchline ban last season for failing to report attempted match-fixing while at Siena. Conte was the coach of Bari from 2007 - 2009.

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