Serie A

Napoli Face Point Deduction For Match Fixing

The fallout out from the latest match fixing scandal that has rattled around Italian Football since the summer is tat the Italian Football Federation prosecutor have recommended a one-point penalty for Serie A title hopefuls Napoli.

Former Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli’s Serie A match at Sampdoria in 2010. Gianluca Grava and Paolo Cannavaro are accused of having knowledge of Gianello’s intentions and failing to report it to the authorities. They deny any wrongdoing. Samp won the game on the final day of the season 1-0 and qualified for the Champions League.

FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi suggested Gianello should be banned for 16 months following his confession but the disciplinary tribunal rejected that and recommended a suspension of three years and three months.

The FIGC tribunal will now determine whether the recommendations on the point deduction and bans for Cannavaro and Grava are upheld.

Napoli are currently third in Serie A, five points behind leaders Juventus.