Italian prosecutor hopes to question fixing leader


ROME (AP) — The Italian prosecutor leading an inquiry into international match-fixing in soccer would like to question the suspected ringleader arrested in Singapore.

The global network's suspected mastermind was among 14 people arrested in Singapore in what appears to be a major breakthrough in the battle against corruption in soccer.

Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino tells The Associated Press "it shows that our inquiry means something on an international level. ... Now we need to explore the diplomatic channels to see what we can do."

Singapore police and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a joint statement that authorities arrested 12 men and two women in raids lasting 12 hours across the city-state, ending early Tuesday.

Interpol confirmed the arrests in a statement released late Wednesday.

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