Match-fixing quartet banned for five years

Match-fixing quartet banned for five years
By Eurosport

18/06/2012 at 22:00Updated 19/06/2012 at 06:22

The Italian FA confirmed penalties for those involved in the latest match-fixing scandal, upholding newly promoted Pescara's two-point deduction and banning four players for five years.

Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani said the club, who were Serie B champions last term before losing their coach Zdenek Zeman to AS Roma, would fight the decision of the federation to uphold a prosecutor's charge.

"We didn't expect this decision, rather we expected to be acquitted," Sebastiani said.

"Evidently in this first phase of the investigation the sporting judges wanted to give strength to the prosecution's version of events.

"We have absolutely nothing to do with any of this, and we will go, if we need to, all the way to CONI (The Italian Olympic Committee)."

Piacenza's Mario Cassano, Ravenna's Alessandro Zamperini and ex-pros Luigi Sartor and Nicola Santoni were banned from soccer for five years following the wide-ranging sporting investigation into match-fixing for betting syndicates.

A police case is ongoing.

Former Inter Milan forward Nicola Ventola, who retired last year, was given a three-and-a-half-year ban by the federation.

Serie A sides Siena and Sampdoria were both given fines of €50,000 for alleged collusion while playing in the second tier.

The federation has, however, lessened some of the punishments recommended by federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi and Novara, who were relegated to Serie B last season, will start with a four-point deduction instead of the six suggested.

Third-tier side Albinoleffe had their potential 27-point deduction reduced to 15, although they were also given a fine of 90,000 euros.

Serie B outfit Padova were handed a two-point deduction, Empoli received one point and Reggina four, while third division club Piacenza were deducted 11 and fined 70,000 euros.

Italian football was still recovering from the 2006 "Calciopoli" match-fixing scandal when the latest trouble exploded last June.

Former Lazio striker Giuseppe Signori, Lazio captain Stefano Mauri and ex-Atalanta skipper Cristiano Doni have been arrested and a number of Serie B, Lega Pro Prima Divisione (third tier) and Seconda Divisione (fourth tier) matches are suspected of being rigged.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been accused by Filippo Carobbio, one of his former Siena players, of knowing about his team organising results in the 2010-11 season. Conte denies wrongdoing.

Last month, police raided Italy's pre-Euro 2012 training camp and put Domenico Criscito formally under investigation, leading to the left back being dropped from the tournament squad.

Top flight Atalanta stayed up last season despite a six-point deduction for their role in the initial stage of the scandal.