Sunday 25 March 2018

In Brief: Signori arrested in fixing probe

police have arrested former Italy striker Giuseppe Signori and charged 15 others with involvement in "organised crime" activities designed to influence matches in Serie B and the lower divisions.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said it would open an inquiry after Atalanta and Siena, due to be promoted to Serie A next season, were named as being among the clubs under the spotlight.

Former Lazio captain Signori has been placed under house arrest.

A police statement said: "An organised crime group comprising footballers, ex-footballers of international standing, bookmakers and other individuals was able to plan through verbal agreements or payments the fixing of some football matches in Serie B and Lega Pro (lower division)."

Signori scored 188 Serie A goals, winning 28 caps.

Boss Allardyce walks into Hammers takeover fight

New West Ham manager Sam Allardyce may have walked straight back into another boardroom takeover battle after Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes claimed he had made an offer to buy the club.

Just hours after Allardyce was confirmed as the new Upton Park manager on a two-year contract,Fernandes, who attempted to buy the Hammers last year, tweeted: "An offer has gone to the present owners of West Ham."

Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan claim no formal offer has been made to them.

Neuer agrees move to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Schalke to sign goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The Germany international, who had attracted interest from Manchester United, will undergo a medical and sign a five-year contract next week. Bayern's bid is understood to be worth €18m, plus an estimated €7m in bonuses.

Van Nistelrooy joins big-spending Malaga

Ruud van Nistelrooy is poised to return to Spain to join ambitious La Liga side Malaga from Hamburg SV.

The Dutch striker said he would be presented to the media today.

The former PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Real Madrid star was upset with the Bundesliga club after they blocked his request to move back to Real in January.

Malaga, bought by a member of the Qatari royal family last year, were one of the biggest spenders in the January transfer window, buying Brazil forward Julio Baptista and Argentina defender Martin Demichelis, but only just avoided relegation.

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport