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Catania's owner admits match fixing

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CATANIA, Sicily (AP) Catania's owner admitted to fixing five Serie B matches aimed at preventing the Sicilian club from relegation to the third division.

Antonino Pulvirenti also claimed to have made payoffs totaling 500,000 euros ($550,000) during his admission on Monday at a preliminary hearing. He was one of seven people arrested last week on sports fraud charges.

"The investigation still needs to be completed, but now it will all be much simpler," Catania prosecutor Giovanni Salvi said, adding that Pulvirenti maintains he didn't bet on the games in question.

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6/30/2015 11:48:23 AM