Lazio captain banned for part in scandal

Italian clubs Lecce and Lazio are fined as players are found guilty of covering up match-fixing scandal in May 2011.

    Lazio captain banned for part in scandal
    Mauri holds Italian Cup trophy after victory over AS Roma at Olympic stadium in Rome in 2013 [Reuters]

    Lazio captain Stefano Mauri was banned for six months by the Italian football federation on Friday for his part in a match-fixing scandal. 

    Mauri was one of eight players accused of rigging the Serie A games between Lazio-Genoa and Lecce-Lazio in May 2011 and for failing to report match-fixing. He was found guilty for his role in the Lecce match but cleared of anything untoward against Genoa.

    Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had asked for a 4½-year suspension but Mauri was found guilty only of failing to report match-fixing.

    Palazzi also wanted Lazio to be docked six points, and Genoa and Lecce three points each. However, the federation fined Lazio $53,000 and Lecce $26,000 because of their players' actions. Genoa were cleared.

    Alessandro Zamperini, who was already banned for five years, received a further two-year suspension.

    Stefano Ferrario was handed a six-month ban, Mario Cassano was suspended for four months and Carlo Gervasoni received a two-month penalty. 

    Omar Milanetto, Massimiliano Benassi and Antonio Rosati were cleared.

    At least 50 people have been arrested in Italy for match-fixing since mid-2011, with matches under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona, Bari and Naples.

    Last month, Serie B club Bari plea-bargained for a one-point penalty for match-fixing.

    Bari was also fined $32,000 under the deal made with the Italian federation's disciplinary committee for arranging two matches, while several former players also reached plea bargains.

    This marks the third consecutive offseason that point penalties have been handed out by the federation. Four Serie A clubs were penalised last season.

    SOURCE: AP


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