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Soccer: Napoli docked two points for attempted Samp 'fix'

Paolo Cannavaro, Grava banned for six months

Soccer: Napoli docked two points for attempted Samp 'fix'

Rome, December 18 - An Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) tribunal on Tuesday docked Napoli two Serie A points for their players' alleged involvement in an attempt to fix a match against Sampdoria in 2010. Napoli defenders Paolo Cannavaro, the brother of Italy's retired 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, and Gianluca Grava were banned for nine months for failing to report the attempted fix to the authorities. Former backup Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was banned for three years and three months for the more serious charge of sporting fraud. The loss of Cannavaro - Grava has not featured so far this season - and the points deduction represent a massive blow to Napoli's Serie A title hopes. It takes the Naples side down from joint-third to fifth in the Serie A standings with 31 points from 17 games, 10 points behind leaders Juventus. The tribunal gave Napoli a harsher punishment than the one-point penalty FIGC Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had requested. Palazzi had requested longer bans of nine months for Cannavaro and Grava. Sampdoria won the match in question, which took place on May 16 2010 1-0, and qualified for the preliminaries of the Champions League of the 2010-11 season.

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