Serie B's Bari, 33 people face match-fixing trial in Italy

Former Bari captain Francesco Caputo (right) has been charged with match-fixing.

ROME (AP) -- It looks to be another Italian offseason marred by a match-fixing case after 33 people and Serie B club Bari were called to a sports trial before the country's football federation on Thursday.

The charges include fixing and failing to report fixing for two Serie B matches - Bari-Treviso (0-1) in May 2008 and Salernitana-Bari (3-2) in May 2009.

Among those named were Bari captain Francesco Caputo, former Bari captain and Torino goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet and ex-Juventus assistant coach and Bari player Cristian Stellini.

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

Bari risks starting next season with a points penalty, having already been docked seven points for other fixing cases in the recently concluded season in which it finished 10th in Serie B.

Most of those named by the federation have also been indicted by a judge in Bari on charges of committing sports fraud.

At least 50 people have been arrested in Italy for match-fixing since the middle of 2011, with scores more under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona, Bari and Napoli.

The Bari prosecutors have based a large part of their inquiries on the confessions of former Bari defenders Masiello and Vittorio Micolucci. Masiello, who was among those called in by the federation Thursday, was arrested last year, while Micolucci was involved in the Cremona inquiry and already banned by sports authorities.

Sports trials focused on match-fixing have been held in Rome the past two years, and four Serie A clubs were penalized points in the recently concluded season.

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