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Jun 1, 2011

Ex-Lazio captain Signori arrested

Former Lazio star Guiseppe Signori has been put under house arrest for alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Italy.

Signori, 43, is believed to be one of 16 people, including lower league players, club executives and betting operators, to have been arrested in the first scandal to hit Italian football since Calciopoliin 2006.

The police operation was based in Cremona, though arrests took place across more than 10 cities, with Atalanta captain Cristian Doni and former Sampdoria defender Stefano Bettarini named among the list of arrests.

Bettarini, 39, was banned for five months after being found guilty of match-fixing back in 2005.

Signori, who captained Lazio in the mid-90s and played 45 times for Italy, told Corriere dello Sport: "Do you not have mercy in this situation? Have mercy. I cannot say anything, I will meet my attorney and then he will speak for me."

The police investigation began last November after a Serie C match between Cremonese and Paganese. Cremonese players allegedly had their drinks spiked to prevent them from playing well.

Speaking at a press conference at the city's police headquarters, Cremona public prosecutor Roberto Di Martino said: "It is understood that a substance was mixed with water, a tranquilliser, that the Cremonese players drank during the game or before.''

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