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Soccer: three-and-half-year ban requested for Bonucci

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 3 - An Italian Soccer Federation
(FIGC) prosecutor on Friday requested that a sporting tribunal
ban Italy and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci for three and a
half years for alleged match-fixing.
He is suspected of sporting fraud during his time at former
club Bari.
The prosecutor, Stefano Palazzi, also asked for Bonuccìs
Juventus teammate Simone Pepe to be given a one-year ban for
failing to inform the authorities of plans to fix matches when
he played for Udinese between 2007 and 2010.
Palazzi requested Bologna be deducted two points for
alleged wrongdoing by their former captain Marco Di Vaio and
other employees regarding the alleged fixing of a match against
Bari in May 2011.
The punishments were requested at the latest of a series of
sporting disciplinary hearings after revelations made by two big
criminal probes in Cremona and Bari into betting-related
match-fixing.
Earlier on Friday former European Cup finalist Sampdoria
were docked one point and ex-Bari defender Andrea Masiello was
given a 26-month ban for involvement in Italy's latest
match-fixing scandal on Friday.
Masiello has been helping investigators with the probe and
admitted to deliberately scoring an own goal to ensure Bari lost
2-0 to Lecce in the 2010-11 campaign, when they were relegated
to Serie B.
Sampdoria, who won promotion from second tier last term,
will start Serie A at -1 and have to pay a 30,000-euro fine
after a disciplinary panel accepted a plea bargain.
Serie B Bari were docked five points and fined 80,000 euros
and several other players were given suspensions after reaching
deals with prosecutors.
On Thursday Palazzi requested Juventus coach Antonio Conte
be banned for 15 months.
Conte, who led Turin side Juve to the Serie A title last
season, is charged with having known about agreements to fix two
matches when he was in charge of Siena in the second tier in the
2010-11 campaign and failing to inform the authorities.
On Wednesday the FIGC's disciplinary panel rejected a deal
Conte had reached with Palazzi to accept a three-month ban and a
200,000-euro fine to close the charges against him.
The FIGC panel gave Siena, who are now in the top flight,
Serie A, thanks to Conte, a six-point penalty and 20,000-euro
fine for indirect responsibility for their staff's behaviour.
It also deducted promoted Torino one point.
Over 40 people have been arrested since the Cremona-based
'Last Bet' criminal probe went public last year, leading
sporting prosecutors to look at the case.
They include Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri and former
Italy internationals Beppe Signori and Cristiano Doni. Italy's
sporting-justice system had already given out punishments
related to the match-fixing at previous rounds of hearings.
Signori and Doni are among a raft of people to have been
banned from soccer and Bergamo-based Atalanta had six points
deducted at the start of last season and will start the 2012-13
campaign at -2.
The new case has rocked the Italian soccer world again
after Juventus were relegated and stripped of two Serie A titles
for involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006.

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