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Match-fixing in Italy still a thing

Pescara v Torino FC - Serie A

PESCARA, ITALY - JANUARY 20: Jean Francois Gillet of Torino in action during the Serie A match between Pescara and Torino FC at Adriatico Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Pescara, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

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It’s become ho-hum, a normality, a common theme, as yet another match-fixing scandal bursts its way out of Italy and onto the worldwide scene.

This time, it’s Serie B side Bari that faces the brunt of the allegations. 33 people have been called to a sports trial for two incidents a few years ago.

The club, along with a number of former and current players and coaches, face sanctions for “putting measures in place aimed at altering the performance and outcome” in defeats to Treviso in 2008 and Salernitana in 2009.

Among the charged are former Bari goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet (pictured), who now plays for Torino, as well as current Bari captain Francesco Caputo.

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia and Juventus coach Antonio Conte, both who were with Bari during the time of the alleged fixing, have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Four Serie A sides played this past season with points penalties stemming from match-fixing scandals settled last offseason. Bari also finished this season with a 7-point penalty following a previous match-fixing scandal.