In yet another twist into the ongoing investigation into match-fixing and fraud in Italian football, the manager of recently crowned champions Juventus, Antonio Conte, has had his house searched as part of a betting probe. Stefano Mauri, captain of Lazio football club, has been arrested, whilst Italian defender Domenico Criscito’s national team room was searched.
Mauri was one of 19 people being held as the authorities’ investigate alleged match-fixing.
Police have also arrested five Hungarian citizens who have been accused of being part of a cell controlled by a betting syndicate in Singapore.
Police swooped on Italy’s international training base at Coverciano at 6.25am to go through the belongings of Criscito, a former Juventus defender who now plays for Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
Football Italia reported that investigators are taking a close look at the possibility that a Lazio-Genoa tie, which ended 4-2 to the home side, was rigged.
Antonio Conte, Juventus' manager, was a name that has been linked with the investigation recently amid unconfirmed allegations that he knew that two Siena matches from last season were fixed.
Neither Criscito or Conte have been arrested however.