Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Napoli docked two points for attempted Samp 'fix'


Rome, December 18 - An Italian Soccer Federation
(FIGC) tribunal on Tuesday docked Napoli two Serie A points for
their players' alleged involvement in an attempt to fix a match
against Sampdoria in 2010.
Napoli defenders Paolo Cannavaro, the brother of Italy's
retired 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, and
Gianluca Grava were banned for nine months for failing to report
the attempted fix to the authorities.
Former backup Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was banned
for three years and three months for the more serious charge of
sporting fraud.
The loss of Cannavaro - Grava has not featured so far this
season - and the points deduction represent a massive blow to
Napoli's Serie A title hopes.
It takes the Naples side down from joint-third to fifth in
the Serie A standings with 31 points from 17 games, 10 points
behind leaders Juventus.
The tribunal gave Napoli a harsher punishment than the
one-point penalty FIGC Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had requested.
Palazzi had requested longer bans of nine months for
Cannavaro and Grava.
Sampdoria won the match in question, which took place on
May 16 2010 1-0, and qualified for the preliminaries of the
Champions League of the 2010-11 season.

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