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Bastia president arrested

Bastia president Pierre-Marie Geronimi has been taken into custody as part of an inquiry into the club's finances.

The investigation centres on the funding of an artificial pitch installed at Bastia's youth training ground and payments made to club partners including a transport company.

A club statement read: "The employees of SCB were informed today of an initial hearing of the PLC president Pierre-Marie Geronimi, as part of a preliminary investigation by the Prosecutor of Bastia. "As the club previously stated in an official communique on January 22, 2014, there was no wrongdoing or irregular cash flow relating to the installation of the synthetic pitch at the youth training centre in Borgo.

"Moreover, the amounts that have been paid by the club to its suppliers, particularly for minibus hire to transport the youngsters from the training centre, are all justified. Year after year, SCB accounts are subject to regular external controls that have not given rise to any observations. Sporting Club de Bastia therefore wishes to reiterate its full confidence in President Pierre-Marie Geronimi."