Monday, 30 July 2007

Di Michele handed ban

New Torino signing David Di Michele has been handed a three-month ban by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for illegal betting.

The former Palermo player was amongst four players who were indicted by Federal Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi, who handed the cases of Di Michele, Massimo Margiotta, Thomas Manfredini and Vincenzo Sommese to the disciplinary commission in June.

All the players involved presented a plea bargain and the commission handed out its verdict late on Monday, opting for a three-month ban for Di Michele.

Sommese of Mantova will be sidelined for five months and 20 days, Margiotta will have to serve a four-month ban and Manfredini will face a three-month stop.

Udinese, Vicenza and Mantova were also indicted for their objective responsibility, but the accusations against 13 other players, including Udinese's Vincenzo Iaquinta, had already been dropped.

Vicenza and Mantova were handed £5,000 fines, while the Serie A side, who refused to bargain, will have to pay £10,000.

Palazzi had indicted Di Michele, Margiotta and Manfredini for violating Article 5 of the Sporting Code – placing bets, either personally or via a third party, on events organised by the FIGC – while Sommese had also betted on matches organised by UEFA and FIFA.

Since 2005 players in Italy are prohibited from betting on any football match worldwide.

Source: C4 Football Italia / FIGC / Reuters

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