Footy In A Week

Serie A scandal update
June 23, 2006, 1:30 am
Filed under: Italian League

Serie A clubs Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina to stand trial in the nation's biggest sports scandal in a quarter of a century, Italy's football prosecutor has ordered.

Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio are all being investigated on the count of violating Articles One and/or Six of the Sports Justice Code. Milan are indirectly involved and are only being investigated under suspicion of violating Article One of the code.

Article One is a general rule which explains that `whoever is subject to the observation of the federation's rules must do so according to the principles of fairness, correctness and honesty'. Article Six explains that `the execution, through any means, of acts aimed at altering the course or result of a match, or at ensuring an advantage to anybody in the league table is a punishable offence'. If any of the clubs are found guilty of violating Article Six, they face the minimum penalty of automatic relegation to an inferior level. An infringement of Article One is punishable by the docking of points in the subsequent season.

The trial will end by July 9 – the date of the World Cup final.


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