ROME: Belgium goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet is among the latest 20 fixers punished by the Italian football federation; the sanctions relate to two matches involving Bari in Serie B in 2008 and 2009.
Gillet, who has won nine caps for Belgium, has been handed a ban of three years and seven months for his part in the affair and at the age of 34 the verdict could mean the end of his professional career.
The games in question saw Bari seal a mid-table finish when they lost 1-0 at home to Treviso in one of the final matches of the 2007-08 season and ensured promotion when they lost 3-2 at Salernitana one year later.
The longest bans of four years were given to former Bari and Salernitana player Massimo Gancio and former Salernitana director Cosimo D’Angelo.
Former Bari player Gianluca Galasso has been banned for three years and seven months while another 10 players were suspended for three years and six months each. Six other players were issued with six-match bans, while another nine agreed plea bargains ranging from three to 16 months.
Two players were acquitted, while Bari has been issued a one-point deduction for its forthcoming Serie B season.
The announcement came after the FIGC last week said that Serie A clubs Lazio and Genoa had been referred to a disciplinary tribunal over allegations of match-fixing in the 2010-11 season.
The two clubs were joined by Lecce, which currently competes in the third tier of Italian football, the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, as well as eight players. That hearing is set to take place on July 24.