Lazio skipper Mauri hit with six-month ban

AP, Friday 2 Aug 2013

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has been banned for six months by the Italian soccer federation for his part in a match-fixing scandal

Stefano Mauri
In this 12 Sept., 2010 file photo Lazio's Stefano Mauri controls the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at Rome's Olympic stadium (Photo: AP)

Mauri was one of eight players accused of rigging the Serie A games between Lazio-Genoa and Lecce-Lazio in May 2011 and for failing to report match-fixing. He was found guilty for his role in the Lecce match.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had asked for a 4 1/2-year suspension. He also wanted Lazio to be docked six points, and Genoa and Lecce three points each. However, the federation fined Lazio $53,000 and Lecce $26,000. Genoa was cleared.

Alessandro Zamperini, who was already banned for five years, received a further two-year suspension.

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