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Wednesday August 3 2011
Betting: FIGC hits Atalanta hard

The FIGC prosecutor has requested Atalanta be docked seven points this season and captain Cristiano Doni banned for 42 months in the betting scandal.

The investigation has been completed into allegations of illegal betting and attempts to fix results.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi stated his requests to the Disciplinary Commission today.

They include for Atalanta to start the new Serie A season from -7 points with captain Doni to be banned for three years and six months and teammate Thomas Manfredini for three years.

Ascoli would begin the Serie B campaign from -6 plus pay a €90,000 fine.

Most of the accused clubs are in Lega Pro or the amateur Leagues, with Alessandria potentially relegated, Benevento start from -14 and Cremonese -9.

Former Lazio and Italy star Giuseppe Signori has always denied being one of the leaders of this illegal betting operation, but the FIGC requested he be barred for life from football. He is currently registered as a Coach, albeit out of work.

Players Bellavista, Paoloni, Sommese, Gervasoni and Bressan would be suspended for five years, plus Quadrini for one year.

Meanwhile, Chievo and several players have cut a plea bargain with the prosecutor before today’s summing up.

Chievo will pay a fine of €80,000 despite the fact Stefano Bettarini never actually played for the club.

Bettarini, who is now retired, accepted a ban of 14 months, while Ascoli’s Micolucci was suspended for 14 months after agreeing to collaborate with the investigation.

The five-man Disciplinary Commission will now look at the evidence and prosecutor’s recommendations. An initial verdict could arrive as early as Monday.

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