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More Italy match-fixing revelations?

Italy's chief of police Antonio Manganelli has promised further revelations on match-fixing in Italian football are imminent. And he says it would be "unthinkable'' to offer an amnesty to those involved in corruption.

Atalanta began the current season on minus six points after being implicated in the "Calcioscommese'' match-fixing scandal, while their former captain Cristiano Doni was banned for three-and-a-half years.

And Manganelli told Gazzetta Dello Sport: "The investigations into illegal betting in the world of football continues, soon there will be further news.

"The phenomenon involves criminal and civil justice, but it is unthinkable to speak of pardons for those who have committed offences.

"There will be more news soon, data and results, because the investigations are continuing and this involves the acquisition of new elements, but it is unthinkable to talk about amnesty.

"We can get match-fixing out of the game but we need to understand that those who commit crimes are not pardoned by the criminal justice.''

A previous match-fixing investigation, the 2006 "Calciopoli'' affair, saw Juventus relegated from Serie A and stripped of their titles from 2005 and 2006, and also brought points deductions for AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina for the 2006-07 season.

Manganelli continued: "The phenomenon of football betting is of no small importance in Italy. This aspect is now a very special focus of attention: we have already identified match-fixing and the involvement of members, we're still finding more.

"There is still much to be done, but it is working great. We must realise there is sports justice and criminal justice, and both are working and will work. It is unthinkable to talk about amnesty.''

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