Points deductions for clubs
involved in Italy's latest match-fixing scandal were recommended
by the football federation's prosecutor on Friday, a day after top
flight Atalanta were handed a two-point penalty for next term.
A federation spokesman said the prosecutor had asked for
Pescara, promoted to Serie A last month, to receive a two-point
penalty either for last season or next term.
The federation must rubber-stamp the prosecutor's requests
in the coming days. Pescara's promotion is not under threat
given the Serie B champions were three points clear of third
Pescara are already set to be without coach Zdenek Zeman who
is joining AS Roma.
Top flight Siena and former Serie A side Sampdoria should
receive fines of 50,000 euros for their involvement in
the illgal betting affair, prosecutor Stefano Palazzi added.
Antonio Conte, coach of Serie A champions Juventus, has been
put under police investigation because of allegations of
match-fixing while he was in charge of Siena in the 2010/11
season. He denies wrongdoing.
Bergamo-based Atalanta already had six points deducted last
season but further investigations led to the new punishment
along with an extra two-year ban for former player Cristiano
Last August, Doni was suspended for three and a half years
for his part in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal
involving Serie B matches.
On Friday, Palazzi called for relegated Serie A side Novara
to start next term with a six-point deduction while relegated
Serie B side AlbinoLeffe could have 27 points wiped off for next
He also wants a myriad of points penalties and fines for
other Serie B sides as well as Coppa Italia exclusion for some
teams and lengthy bans for a raft of second-tier players.
Italy was only just recovering from a 2006 match-fixing
scandal when the latest affair flared up last year.
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