Napoli docked two points, players banned

Napoli have copped a two-point penalty as part of the match-fixing investigations, while two players have been banned for six months.

The penalties derived from a Serie A match against Sampdoria in 2010, which former Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has confessed he tried to fix leading to a suspension of 39 months.

The Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) disciplinary commission confirmed on Tuesday they have suspended Paolo Cannavaro, the younger brother of former Real Madrid defender Fabio, and Gianluca Grava from playing for six months for failing to report Gianello’s plans.

The FIGC have punished Napoli for being ‘objectively responsible’ due to Gianello playing with the club at the time.

The FIGC determined Cannavaro and Grava were approached by Gianello to help fix the game and despite refusing to be involved, the two defenders failed to report the incident.

Both Cannavaro and Grava have denied they knew anything and will appeal their penalties, as will Napoli.

Sampdoria won the game 1-0, which was in Serie A’s final round of the 2009/10 campaign, claiming a spot in the following season’s UEFA Champions League.

Napoli have dropped to two spots to fifth on the Serie A table with 31 points for the season, 10 behind leaders Juventus.

Napoli investigated in fixing scandal

Napoli face the prospect of heavy sanctions after the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed it is investigating allegations of match-fixing at the Serie A club.

Napoli investigated in fixing scandal

In the spotlight: Paolo Cannavaro (right) accused of failing to report fixing Photo: REUTERS

Former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello, now a free agent, has been accused of attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli’s Serie A match at Sampdoria in 2010, with defenders Gianluca Grava and Paolo Cannavaro standing accused of failing to report the incident having been approached.

A statement on the federation’s official website read: “The FIGC can confirm that, following an investigation by the public prosecutor of Naples, the federal prosecutor will open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the Sampdoria-Napoli match of May 16, 2010.

“Matteo Gianello, Napoli’s former player, and Silvio Giusti, Napoli’s former coach, are accused of violating Article 7 (sections 1, 2 and 5) of the sporting code of justice.

“Between them, they are accused of attempting to alter the outcome of the match to secure a victory for Sampdoria in exchange for money.

“(They are) also accused of having approached colleagues Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava, from whom they received a refusal.

“But Cannavaro and Grava stand accused of violating Article 7 (section 7), in failing to disclose the approach to the federal prosecutor.”

Napoli have also been deferred as the club involved at the time, and could face a points deduction.

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte was handed a 10-month suspension in August, subsequently reduced to four months on appeal, for his failure to report match-fixing while in charge of Siena.

Conte’s former club subsequently accepted a six-point deduction for their role in the ‘Calcioscommesse’ scandal, with a host of sides from both Serie A, B and the Lega Pro receiving demotions, points penalties and fines across a turbulent summer in Italy.

Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello was given a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting scoring an own goal during a relegation decider, with ex-Siena defender Emmanuele Pesoli chaining himself to the headquarters of the FIGC for four days in protest against a three-year ban.

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Augsburg – Hamburger SV

Köln – Kaiserslautern

K’lautern didnt loose jet (5-5-0) but today will miss lot players in derby

1. FC Kaiserslautern:
Yahia (Achillessehne), Alushi (Kreuzbandriss), Azaouagh (muskuläre Probleme), De Wit (Trainingsrückstand), Zuck (Oberschenkelzerrung), Derstroff (muskuläre Probleme), Micanski (Fersenentzündung)

Angers – Châteauroux  under 2,5

Angers today without topscorer (scored 9/16 goals) and few others. Chateauroux is defensive team so maybe is under good option

Angers: Fabien Boyer, Stevie Riga, Jonas Henrique Pessalli, Claudiu Keseru, Diego Gomez, Maxime Rousseau, Pierre-Etienne Lemaire, Marc Zoro, Derek Decamps, Richard Socrier

Châteauroux: Massamba Sambou, Remi Fournier, Denys Bain, Emeric Dudouit

Dukla Praha – Vysočina Jihlava 1

Jihlava without Tecl (att 11/10), Kolousek (mf 10/3), Mesanovic (8/0), Rada (df 8/0), Gabriel (df 0/0) and Gavric (df 3/0)

Emmen – Helmond Sport

Helmond today without two best scorers

Emmen: Bart de Groot, Randel Shakison, Jorrit Kunst, Maurico Mazzetti
Doubtful: Eldridge Rojer, Marijn Sterk

Helmond: Sebastian Stachnik (8/4), Pepijn Veerman, Ayden Kuijpers, Emrullah Güven (8/9), Mees Junior Siers
Doubtful: Zarko Grabovac

Bohemians – Drogheda United

Bohemians Injury News: Owen Heary (16/0), Derek Pender (21/1), Adam Martin (11/0), Andy Mulligan (12/1), Luke Byrne (16/0), Michael Barker (14/0).
Bohemians Suspension News: None.

Drogheda United Injury News: Eric Foley (20/2)
Drogheda United Suspension News: Declan O’Brien (26/12), Gavin Brennan (21/4), Peter Hynes (27/7)

EXCLUSIVE | Canadian soccer an easy target for match-fixing

Online betting drives global interest in domestic games

Play VideoCBC's Diana Swain looks into match fixing in a Canadian soccer league

An international match-fixing syndicate set its sights on a Canadian soccer league in hopes the lower-level games were far enough out of the spotlight that officials wouldn’t suspect tampering, wiretaps obtained by CBC News suggests.

The Canadian Soccer League is a semi-professional league that runs in Ontario and Quebec.The Canadian Soccer League is a semi-professional league that runs in Ontario and Quebec. (Canadian Soccer League)The syndicate targeted the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), a semi-pro league in Ontario and Quebec that serves as a feeder system for Canadian major league clubs.

CBC News obtained evidence of the match-fixing from hundreds of hours of police wiretaps revealed during a 2011 German court case into one of thelargest sports-fixing scandals to hit Europe. The syndicate manipulated domestic league games around the world.

In Canada, interviews conducted by CBC News with dozens of players, soccer officials and other sources painted a picture of a semi-pro league in which players were routinely approached to fix games.

Stefan Conen, a lawyer representing one of the European fixers convicted in the Berlin court, not only admitted to CBC News that his client helped fixed a game in Canada, but says the syndicate targeted the CSL for a specific reason.

“It’s easier to fix a game in the lower leagues, there’s less control, less attention to those games, plus the players earn less so they’re easier to compromise for money,” Conen said.

Some CSL players earn only about $5,000 for a season of weekend games.

“If we don’t become rich here, then I don’t know where we could become rich,” the plotters were caught saying on the wiretaps.

Small matches, big business

One Canadian Soccer League player, who spoke to CBC News on the condition of anonymity, described how he was approached to fix a game outside a team dressing room.

‘The betting industry is a global business. It’s 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.’—Darren Small, Sportradar director of integrity

“[The] guy called me over to the fence where the fans are and he’s like, ‘Wanna make some money?'”

The player said he has been repeatedly propositioned over the past couple seasons to fix games. “I get approached a lot and me, personally, I turn it down.”

However, not all players turned it down, according to the wiretaps.

“I gave the money to [a player] who has family in Canada,” one of the fixers was heard saying. “The bagman went to see him in Canada.”

Experts suggest the European crime syndicate concentrated on the obscure league in Canada because of recent trends in online betting.

“The betting industry is a global business. It’s 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Darren Small, the director of integrity at England-based Sportradar, a company that monitors sports gambling. “So the operators wish to offer a match for betting at any second of any part of the day.”

Gamblers are not just betting on who wins the game, but by the number of goals scored, or even how many red or yellow cards will be handed out by the referee.

“A game in Canada may not be of any particular interest to a domestic audience,” said Small. “But actually, abroad in Asia, in Europe, in other parts of North America, maybe in South America there may be an interest in that game because it is being offered live and there is an activity on it on the betting side.”

Canadian Soccer League games are available on dozens of online gambling sites, which allow wagers of up to 150,000 Euros ($180,000 Cdn) on a single game.

Toronto player denies taking bribe

Wiretaps also show that the crime syndicate targeted a Sept. 12, 2009, game in Trois-Rivières between its home team, Attak, and Toronto Croatia.

Antonijo Zupan, shown playing in a 2011 game, allegedly took a bribe during his time with Toronto Croatia to fix a game in 2009. He denies the accusation.Antonijo Zupan, shown playing in a 2011 game, allegedly took a bribe during his time with Toronto Croatia to fix a game in 2009. He denies the accusation. (Rogers TV)One of the fixers, a man identified as Zivko Budimir, flew to Canada a month before the game to make contacts and organize the details of the fix.

The documents state he helped arrange and deliver a bribe of 15,000 Euros ($18,000 Cdn) to former CSL All-Star and league veteran Antonijo Zupan to be shared with other people, including several unnamed players on his team.

Former Trois-Rivières player Reda Aggouram, who played in that game, told CBC News he had no idea that some players on the Croatia team were being paid to manipulate the game. He does remember scoring an easy goal.

“I remember my goal, it was the free kick for us. One of our players took the free kick, and then the goalie, he didn’t punch it away, he punched it in front of the net, and then I took the rebound,” Aggouram said. “I know that it was an easy goal for us. Normally, that kind of goal shouldn’t happen.”

Wiretaps show that Zupan and four other teammates agreed to lose by at least two goals, the required goal differential for the fixers to be able to cash in on their bets. During the game, Zupan missed a crucial penalty kick that would have tied the game 2-2 in the second half. The Attak won the game, 4-1.

Aggouram remembers being surprised. “I didn’t think we were going to win that game 4-1 because they were one of the best teams in the league” he said.

Zupan, who resides in Toronto and no longer plays professional soccer, said he had no idea why the match fixers talked about his involvement in their scheme on those wiretaps. He denied receiving any money.

“Nobody paid me,” Zupan said. “I don’t know. That’s my explanation.”

‘One can start a team there with $150,000 and play in the first league right away.’—Zivko Budimir

Crime syndicate pondered team purchase

The wiretaps show that just after midnight on Sept. 13, 2009, hours after the Trois-Rivières game, Budimir texted one of the syndicate leaders, Marijo Cvrtak, about their successful fix.

“At least something is right in this crappy life … Friend, if we don’t become rich here, then I don’t know where we could become rich,” wrote Budimir.

According to the captured conversations between Budimir and Cvrtak, their interest in the CSL went beyond fixing just one game. Shortly after the match, Budimir phoned Cvrtak to plan how to fix another game in the CSL in “the future.”

The wiretaps also show that Budimir had approached other players to determine everything from how much an average player makes in the league to what it would cost to purchase an entire team in the CSL.

“One can start a team there with $150,000 and play in the first league right away.”


They also seemed pleased to hear how much they could wager on CSL games. “And one can bet $100,000 in Canada without any problems,” Cvrtak told Budimir, according to the wiretaps.

CSL chairman Vincent Ursini says that while he is personally not aware of any match fixing in his league, he did ask FIFA, the world soccer governing body, to investigate.

“We were told that FIFA was going to be handling this,” he said. “We were going to be informed as soon as they had findings.”

world cup game fixed?

World Cup match between Nigeria and Greece ‘fixed’, says former FIFA man

A former FIFA security expert sparked new fears that match-fixing and corruption are rife in international football last night by claiming at least one World Cup match has been investigated.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Chris Eaton, FIFA’s former head of security, also claimed a player from the Championship had reported concerns to the corruption unit.

The World Cup game under scrutiny, according to Eaton, was a Group B fixture between Nigeria and Greece at South Africa 2010.

Kicking off: Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita (right) was sent off during the matchKicking off: Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita (right) was sent off during the match

Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute after kicking out at an opponent. His side were 1-0 up at the time but Greece won 2-1.

FIFA deny investigating any games from the tournament and Channel 4 News were unable to get a comment from Kaita or his agent.

UEFA are investigating evidence that suggests a Europa League match was fixed last month. They say their betting fraud monitoring system ‘detected suspicious betting patterns’ in Albanian club Tirana’s 5-0 defeat by Aalesund of Norway.

FIFA have refuted claims made by one of their former corruption experts that they are investigating match-fixing allegations at the 2010 World Cup.

Chris Eaton, a former head of security with FIFA, told Channel 4 last night the organisation were looking into a specific incident in the clash between Nigeria and Greece.

However, a FIFA spokesperson said: ‘We are not conducting any match fixing investigation for 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.

‘Ralf Mutschke is the head of FIFA’s new security division. The fight against match fixing is only one of their duties, in addition to stadium security and general event security for all FIFA events including the FIFA World Cup.

‘In relation to match fixing, investigations can be launched by the security division in case there is a suspicion a match or a competition could be fixed.

‘Any such issues are then reported to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (in order to sanction members of the football family) as well as to the disciplinary bodies of national Football Associations and/or to law enforcement organisations.’