Supporters of Serie B soccer club Bari have been arrested for allegedly threatening the team's players to lose matches so they could bet on the results, judicial sources said.
Roberto Sblendorio, Raffaele Lo Iacono and Alberto Savarese, the leaders of three supporters' groups, are accused of having threatened the players to lose three games:
Bari v Sampdoria
Bari v Cesena
Bari v Chievo
In Serie A during the 2010-11 season to win large sums of money from bets. Bari lost all three matches, but two players -- Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet, now at Bologna, and defender Marco Rossi of Cesena -- who were questioned as part of the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal insisted they had not succumbed to the threats.
22 clubs and 61 people, including 54 players, were referred for judicial investigation as part of the Calcioscommesse affair which came to light at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello has been handed a 22-month suspended prison sentence, after admitting scoring an own goal during a relegation decider.