For a long time now, Italian Serie B match fixing has been rife - I'm sure a lot of people will have seen bizarre pre-match prices as low as 1.5 on the draw and thought 'wtf?!' (well, for the first couple of times anyway, has actually become 'de rigeur' over the last year though). Anyway, things are now coming to a head with the news that 52 players and 33 matches are being pored over as part of a criminal investigation into match fixing - including top flight Serie A teams as well now, not just Serie B.
Whilst in total there are 22 clubs under investigation, the three teams that are in the spotlight are Atalanta, Siena and Novara - primarily because they were only recently promoted into Serie A from Serie B and have consistently been the centre of match fixing allegations or fixed odds irregularities.
The list of charges often refer to a Balkan gang known as the Gypsies who bribed players to ensure a certain number of goals were scored, with payments ranging from €5,000 to €35,000. See the Guardian blog entry here for info.
Additionally hardcore 'ultra' fans of Serie B team Bari were arrested today accused of threatening their own players with violence if they didn't deliberately lose games - some way to support your own team eh? According to the Bari goalkeeper though the team refused to go along with the demands.