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It’s not easy for professional football players to acquire a reputation for being more stupid or badly behaved than common opinion already holds.

Italian match-fixer avoids prison

The former Bari defender Andrea Masiello has been given a suspended 22-month prison sentence after admitting that he deliberately scored an own goal to help local rivals Lecce avoid relegation from Serie A in May 2011.

Criscito faces fixing inquiry

The Italy defender Domenico Criscito will be questioned by the Italian Football Federa-tion over his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal on 16 July.

Campbell Gillies in action

Turf mourns 'charming' Gillies

Trainers and jockeys united in grief after holiday accident takes young rider's life

Gillies: 'a truly great jockey'

Campbell Gillies: National Hunt jockey

Campbell Gillies, who died in an accident on Corfu yesterday, the day before his 22nd birthday, was a Cheltenham Festival winning-jockey who enjoyed arguably his finest moment in the saddle when he partnered Brindisi Breeze to victory in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Festival last March.

Family killed in Italy gas blast

Three bodies have been found in the rubble of a collapsed building in southern Italy, the news agency ANSA said.

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Observations: Popera act Amore are graduating to the big time

Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins have done wonders in changing classical music's reputation as stuffy. But will British operatic group Amore succeed in putting the fun back in opera and be the next big opera band?

I have the right to defend myself, says pistol-packing Italian mayor

The mayor of a southern Italian city has caused a storm by turning up to political rallies with a gun tucked into his belt.

Mafia blamed as bomb blast kills 16-year-old girl at school in southern Italy

A bomb exploded in front of a girls' school in southern Italy today, killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding seven others, suspicion quickly falling on the local Mafia.

Andrea Masiello is now at Atalanta

Andrea Masiello arrested as fresh match-fixing scandal hits Serie A

Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello, now playing for Atalanta, was arrested today in connection with alleged match-fixing in Serie A last season, the Italian federation (FIGC) have said.

Campbell Gillies on Brindisi Breeze (left) jumps the last to win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Breakthrough win is far from a Breeze for Russell

Up and coming Scottish yard claims shock victory over favourite Boston Bob

Amandha Fox and Luana Borgia are seeking to become the next mayor of Taranto

Naked ambition: the porn stars dancing into Italian politics

After months of sobriety in Italian politics since Silvio Berlusconi stepped down as prime minister, it's back to business as usual as three porn stars battle it out in mayoral contests.

Trail of the unexpected: Saint Nicholas in Puglia

A Turkish bishop adopted by an Italian port is an inspiration for shoppers.

Lazio midfielder Pasquale Foggia considering QPR switch

Lazio midfielder Pasquale Foggia is considering a move to QPR, according to the player's agent.

Mafia earning €20bn from dumping toxic waste

Italy’s mafia clans, best known for drug running and extortion rackets, are earning €20 billion a year by turning the south of the country into a toxic waste dump, an environmental organisation said in a major report.

Burrata: Britain's new Big cheese

Ultra-soft, creamy burrata is replacing mozzarella as the grande formaggio on all the best menus. Genevieve Roberts tucks in
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