While most European nations occupy themselves with the usual late withdrawals and experimental tactics in friendlies, the Italians head to Euro 2012 with hearts darkened beneath the cloud of match-fixing yet again.
TNP columnist Neil Humphreys sees the light-hearted side to the problems plaguing Italian football.
THE LATEST round of arrests in Italy’s ongoing crackdown on match-fixing yesterday saw high-profile figures in Italian football detained or questioned.
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The football referee charged in court yesterday with corruption is also a lance corporal in the Malaysian police force.
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They are paid a pittance and are consistently subjected to an avalanche of abuse, sometimes even physical violence.
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His young team have caught the eye of neutral fans this season with their brand of quick, attacking football.
IT’S confirmed. Some matches in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) were fixed, said Fifa investigators.
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THE SPECTRE of match-fixing continues to loom large over Malaysian football.
IN LESS than a month, Singapore’s infamous Kelong King may walk out of prison in Finland after serving 12 months of his two-year jail sentence.
HE HAD arrived at Malpensa airport in Milan at about 6am on Nov 4 and his suspicious behaviour caught the attention of the Italian police.
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