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Napoli face match-fixing probe

Serie A club Napoli have been hit with match fixing allegations amid a UEFA ban for the state of affairs at their Stadio San Paolo.

The club is facing heavy sanctions after the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed it is investigating allegations of match-fixing during a Serie A match against Sampdoria in 2010.

Former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello is at heart of the scandal while defenders Gianluca Grava and Paolo Cannavaro are under investigation for allegedly not reporting incidents after being approached.

“The FIGC can confirm that, following an investigation by the public prosecutor of Naples, the federal prosecutor will open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the Sampdoria-Napoli match of 16 May, 2010,” the statement read.

“Matteo Gianello, Napoli’s former player, and Silvio Giusti, Napoli’s former coach, are accused of violating Article 7 (sections 1, 2 and 5) of the sporting code of justice.

“Between them, they are accused of attempting to alter the outcome of the match to secure a victory for Sampdoria in exchange for money.

“(They are) also accused of having approached colleagues Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava, from whom they received a refusal.

“But Cannavaro and Grava stand accused of violating Article 7 (section 7), in failing to disclose the approach to the federal prosecutor.”

In further bad news for the club, UEFA have handed down sanctions for inappropriate conduct of their supporters during a Europa League match.

On Friday, UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body punished Napoli for a lack of security at the Stadio San Paolo for their Group F match against Swedish side AIK on September 20.

Unless Napoli can provide sufficient evidence from an independent construction company detailing necessary repair work and safety standards, the club will be prohibited from selling tickets for several sectors of the stadium for their next Europa League game against FC Dnipro in November.

UEFA’s disciplinary body also fined the club 150,000 euros and ordered it to play a Europa League match behind closed doors, with the window of appeal for Napoli closing in three days.

Fri 26 October, 2012
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