Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Balleri 'fix' ban reduced

David Balleri's four-month ban for attempted match-fixing has been reduced on appeal to expire at the end of September.

The former Livorno defender had been the only figure condemned in the Disciplinary Commission investigation into last season's encounters with Atalanta.

He was handed a four-month ban on July 24 for attempting to collude with Atalanta captain Giampaolo Bellini to get his team a draw in their 3-2 defeat at the Stadio Azzurri d'Italia.

"It was clear that there was a strong desire on the behalf of the Livorno players to try and avoid relegation whereas the Atalanta players had a lax attitude as they were already safe," the committee's declaration read.

"And there was inconclusive proof of an agreement between the two captains. But Balleri acted in an illegal manner by trying to find an arrangement."

However, Balleri lodged an appeal and it has been partially accepted, as his ban has now been reduced so it will expire on September 30, 2008.

This means that effectively he will only miss the first month of the season with new club Como in Serie C2.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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