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Lazio, Genoa, Lecce face match-fixing trial

Lazio, Genoa, Lecce face match-fixing trial

The Italian football federation said the charges include rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games.

Rome: Lazio, Genoa, Lecce and eight players, including Lazio captain Stefan Mauri, will face charges related to match-fixing, the Italian football federation said Wednesday.

The federation said the charges include rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games - Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May 2011.

Mauri faces a charge of sporting fraud, as do Mario Cassano, Carlo Gervasoni, Omar Milanetto, Alessandro Zamperini, Massimiliano Benassi, Antonio Rosati and Stefano Ferrario.

Mauri and Zamperini have also been cited for violating two articles of the Code of Sports Justice. That is concerned with the principles of loyalty, fairness and integrity, and prohibition of betting.

If the charges are proved, the players face bans while the clubs could be deducted points.

Last week, Serie B club Bari plea-bargained for a one-point penalty for match-fixing.

Bari were also fined 25,000 euros as part of the deal made with the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary committee for arranging two matches, while several former players also reached plea bargains.

At least 50 people have been arrested in Italy for match-fixing since mid-2011, with matches under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona, Bari and Napoli.

This marks the third consecutive off-season that point penalties have been handed out by the football federation. Four Serie A clubs were penalized last season.
first published:July 10, 2013, 20:01 IST