Serie A team officials summoned

Updated: July 26, 2011, 9:42 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Club officials from Serie A teams Atalanta and Chievo Verona will face an Italian Football Federation disciplinary panel next week following a match-fixing and betting scandal.

The federation says Tuesday that 18 clubs and 26 people were ordered by its prosecutor to come before the National Disciplinary Commission. The Serie B clubs are Ascoli, Hellas Verona and Sassuolo.

Proceedings will begin in early August, with clubs risking relegation and individuals a life ban if found guilty.

Meanwhile, a separate criminal probe in Cremona led to 16 arrests.

The investigation followed a Serie C match between Cremonese and Paganese, in which Cremonese players allegedly had their drinks spiked to prevent them from playing well.

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