Outside shot. That’s the only way to look at it.
Reuters are reporting this morning that the Italian gendarmes are not only investigating a suspected match fixing ring, but they have just hoisted Juve trainer Antonio Conte for questioning as well as actually arresting Lazio’s capitain, Stefano Mauri among about 19 others.
A police statement said five people had also been arrested in Hungary on suspicion of being part of an illegal international betting consortium said to be headed up by Singaporean gambling identity Tan Seet Eng.
‘In this part of the investigation, indications have emerged of manipulation in matches from the 2010-11 Serie A championship, including games between Lazio and Genoa and Lecce and Lazio.‘
Raffale Grassi, director of SCO, the police service responsible for the investigation told SkyTG24 television.
If ‘ifs and ands were pots and pans, there’d be no need for tinkers’, but if there is as much substance to this suspected criminal activity as there very well might be then Tottenham would be as well placed as anyone to appeal for any spare place that might emerge.