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Italian soccer player arrested for match fixing
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:04:41 AM »
It's a sad story, at least from my point of view. Italian footballer Andrea Masiello was arrested yesterday night as part of an ample investigation concerning match fixing for betting profits. Masiello, currently contracted to top flight club Atalanta, was suspected to have been involved in fixed matches last season while playing for another Serie A club, Bari.

The most obvious charge was for the local derby Bari vs Lecce, won by Lecce 2-0. Masiello supposedly received 300.000 euro for making sure that his team would lose. And he did that with this absolutely stunning own goal:

http://youtu.be/kMd6yaJ27tg

When I first saw the news on an Italian website this morning there were no additional details. Now I have checked the story again and it appears that the player has admitted before the judge that he had scored that own goal intentionally.

A professional top flight soccer player in Italy easily makes a few hundred thousand euro each year. So my question is, why did he need to do that for 300K? Greed? Or maybe he was threatened by the betting mafia?

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Re: Italian soccer player arrested for match fixing
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 02:13:16 PM »
It is strange to say the least. Perhaps he was threatened by the mafia; he certainly would never be able to say that he was or he would be wearing a concrete overcoat for sure.

It is quite sad, I have to agree with you Johnny.  Particularly as he made quite a good living out of football - it just doesn't make any sense at all.

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Re: Italian soccer player arrested for match fixing
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 05:16:40 PM »
Very strange indeed, at least football players earn a lot of money. Instinctively, I thought that he was forced, let's say he was threatened by the betting mafia, but he was greedy as well. Maybe he doesn't earn as much as he would like. ;)
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