Former Bari player Andrea Masiello gets suspended sentence
BARI, Italy (AP) - Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello has reached a plea bargain for a 22-month suspended sentence for match-fixing after admitting that he scored an own-goal to help Lecce stay in the Italian Serie A.
Local media reported that two betting friends of Masiello received 17-month suspended sentences from a Bari court.
The trio were accused of fixing four matches involving Bari two seasons ago.
In May 2011, Masiello's own-goal helped Lecce win a southern derby 2-0 to avoid relegation after Bari had already been relegated.