August 9, 2006 3:00 am

Italian soccer faces fresh inquiry

A fifth Italian football club is under investigation for match-fixing and risks being relegated from the premier league. Italy's football federation ordered Reggina, based in Reggio Calabria, to stand trial for sporting fraud. Last month a sports tribunal relegated Juventus to Serie B and imposed sanctions on three other premier league teams. The Reggina club, its chairman Lillo Foti, and two referees are to be tried for various acts of misconduct surrounding three matches played during the 2004-2005 season. The Naples procurator's office is also said to be conducting criminal investigations into some of the same matches.

The tribunal, which is expected to follow the same format as the trial of the other four clubs, is due to begin next week.

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Stefano Palazzi, the football federation's prosecutor, is also expected to announce whether he plans to initiate trials against clubs Arezzo and Salernitana as well as Pierluigi Collina, the star referee. Ian Limbach, Milan

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