Lazio facing 6-point penalty for match-fixing

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 6:02 PM

ROME (AP) — Lazio is facing the possibility of a six-point deduction, and captain Stefano Mauri could be suspended for 4½ years following the start of their match-fixing trial on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has also asked for Lazio to be fined $26,000 and for Genoa and Lecce to be docked three points each.

Mauri is one of eight players accused of rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games — Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May 2011. Palazzi has requested the 33-year-old Mauri be handed the heaviest sentence, a 54-month ban.

Palazzi has recommended bans ranging from 12-42 months for Omar Milanetto, Massimiliano Benassi, Antonio Rosati, Stefano Ferrario, Mario Cassano and Alessandro Zamperini. Carlo Gervasoni plea-bargained for a 2-month reduction on his previous sentence.

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