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Bari’s Andrea Masiello Admits Match-Fixing, Moved To Prison Hospital For Fear Of Violent Attacks

By Chris Wright

Yesterday, 27-year old Bari centre-half Andrea Masiello confessed to receiving upwards of €50,000 (£41, 600) for scoring an own-goal and ensuring that his side lost against local rivals Lecce in the Serie A last season.

Masiello has been detained in Bari prison after his arrest, while eight other Bari players are now under investigation for similar offences. The Italian authorities are now running the rule over Bari’s final games of last season – with the suspicion being that matches may have been thrown and consequently directly influenced which sides were relegated/qualified for Europe, etc.

Judge Giovanni Abbattista wrote that the nine Bari players under investigation were “more or less ‘on the market’, and not in the footballing sense of the term,” adding that they were “treated as idols by fans, though they were no more than mercenaries.”

Magistrates have also suggested management at Bari and Lecce were privy to the jiggery-pokery, while investigators suspect that a notorious Balkan gambling ring known as ‘The Gypsies’ may have been responsible – though The Gypsies have blamed the local Mafia. There are also whispers that Bari players were leant on by the club’s Ultras to aid in their betting scams.

As for Masiello, reports are emerging from Italy that he has been placed under lock and key in the hospital wing of Bari prison for fear of violent attacks from other inmates – given that the majority of those incarcerated are Bari supporters.

All of a sudden that £41,600 doesn’t seem quite so sweet.

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By Chris on April 3rd, 2012 in FAIL, Serie A. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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6 Responses to “Bari’s Andrea Masiello Admits Match-Fixing, Moved To Prison Hospital For Fear Of Violent Attacks”

  1. miro says:

    this is really..I mean really poorly executed “accident”. People paying 20euro to see idiots like this guy scoring own goals, I think this is outrage…it doesn’t show calcio in good light

  2. Zirconium says:

    I think he did quite well to make it look like an accident, I certainly would never have guessed.

  3. Mr. Sparkle says:

    @Miro

    No it doesn’t, hence the mostly empty stadium.

  4. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    i signed him on football manager for deportivo, rejected a 15mil euro bid from ac for him, think i’ll be selling him now

  5. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    oh shit he’s my captain too, this sucks

  6. RyanSSL says:

    From what I read the match-fixing started after the team was already relegated. The Ultras wanted to make money by throwing the matches. Sick that they would throw Bari-Lecce which is a HUGE rivalry. Maybe they should let this get get lynched and send a message to the rest of these idiots ruining calcio!Bring back Mussolini. He at least built new stadiums and destroyed the mafia.

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