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Italy Federation enters emergency administration

ROME, May 16 (Reuters) - Italy's Football Federation, shaken by match-fixing allegations, was placed under emergency administration on Tuesday.

The country's national Olympic committee (CONI) put Guido Rossi, a former head of the country's stock market regulator, in charge of the federation with a six-month renewable mandate.

Federation president Franco Carraro and his vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini resigned last week.

Rossi, 75, will likely introduce new regulations to help clean up Italian soccer.

"We need rules that will be a deterrent and with serious sanctions," he told a news conference.

Magistrates in Naples probing telephone intercepts and looking into suspicions of match fixing have placed 41 people under investigation.

Italian champions Juventus are at the centre of the affair. Their entire board has resigned and they could be stripped of titles and face relegation to Serie B if their officials are found guilty of attempting to influence the outcome of matches.

Juventus won their second successive league title, the 29th in their history, on Sunday.

AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina have also come under the scrutiny of investigators along with referees, federation and club officials.

Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi, whose intercepted telephone conversations triggered the scandal, was questioned by prosecutors in Rome on Monday.

Trading in Juventus shares was halted for a second day in a row after continuing their fall on Tuesday.

Juventus was suspended by the Milan exchange shortly after tumbling 10.19 percent to 1.56 euros at the beginning of trade.

Investigators are speaking to AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini, Football League president Adriano Galliani and former top referee Pierluigi Collina on Tuesday, although none of them are under investigation. The four were being being interviewed simply as "persons who may have knowledge of events".