Friday, 18 July 2008

Atalanta and Livorno face point deductions

Atalanta and Livorno run the risk of six-point penalties for the new season if their players are found guilty of fixing the results of last season's encounters.

Atalanta-Livorno last seasonFive players stand accused of "making agreements" ahead of the clubs' encounters in Serie A last season, which ended in a 1-1 draw and a 3-2 win for Atalanta.

Livorno's Emanuele and Antonio Filippini and Alessandro Grandoni stand accused as well as the two captains David Balleri, who's now left the club, and Atalanta's Gian Paolo Bellini.

Federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has called for Balleri and Bellini to be banned for three and a half years, the other three for five months and for both clubs to be docked six points in the coming campaign.

A verdict is expected by the beginning of next week, but the spectre of a point penalty will loom large over European hopefuls Atalanta and newly relegated Livorno, who are desperate to book a return ticket to the top-flight.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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