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Soccer: Lazio captain Mauri banned for six months

Midfielder failed to report match-fixing, Rome club fined

Soccer: Lazio captain Mauri banned for six months

Rome, August 2 - An Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) tribunal on Friday banned Lazio captain Stefano Mauri for six months after finding him guilty of failing to report attempted match-fixing. But the 33-year-old midfielder was cleared by the tribunal of the more serious charges of sporting fraud after prosecutors said he was directly involved in attempted fixes and requested a ban of four years, six months. The tribunal fined Lazio 40,000 euros for indirect responsibility. FIGC prosecutors had requested the Rome club be deducted six points from the Serie A standings over attempts to influence the result of Lazio v Genoa on May 14 2011 and Lecce v Lazio on May 22 that year. The tribunal acquitted Serie A side Genoa and former Genoa player Omar Milanetto of any wrongdoing. Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had requested Genoa be deducted three points and Milanetto be banned for three years, six months. Lecce, who are now in the third tier of Italian soccer, were fined 20,000 and former player Alessandro Zamperini was banned from soccer for two years.

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