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Lazio captain facing six-month match-fixing ban

ESPN staff
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Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has been convicted of match-fixing and sentenced to a six-month ban, pending appeal.

The Serie A club have been fined €40,000 for their involvement in the fixing of two fixtures at the end of the 2010-11 season, although they will not be docked any points, as had been suggested.

Genoa, who also risked a points deduction, have been absolved while third division club Lecce have been fined €20,000. The punishments, which relate to the games between Lazio and Genoa on May 14, 2011 and Lazio and Lecce on May 22, were announced on the website of the Italian Football Association (FIGC) on Friday.

The sanctions come into force immediately, although Lazio had already requested a date for an eventual appeal to be heard on August 16, two days before the Supercoppa is scheduled to be played against Juventus.

Should the appeal be unsuccessful, Mauri will miss that game as well as the first half of the Serie A season for the Biancoceleste.

In a first instance, prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had called for a suspension of four-and-a-half years for Mauri, 33, which would have effectively ended his playing career. A deduction of six points was recommended for Lazio.

Mauri's punishment has been reduced on the grounds that he was not directly involved in fixing the games, but merely failed to report to the authorities that he was aware of the attempt to determine the matches' outcome.

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