Friday August 3 2012
Masiello, Bari, Samp plea bargains

Andrea Masiello has put forward a plea bargain of a 26-month ban and a €30,000 fine for his alleged role in the betting scandal.

The former Bari defender is facing six charges of illegal activity relating to the investigation into fixed match betting in Serie A and B games in recent seasons.

Meeting with the prosecutor Stefano Palazzi today, the 26-year-old has put forward a suggested two-year and two-month ban, plus a fine of €30,000, to avoid going to trial.

Masiello has been co-operating with prosecutors and his evidence has opened up inquiries into other games now under investigation.

Palazzi has accepted his proposal and put it forward to the Disciplinary Commission for review today. These judges earlier this week rejected plea bargains from Juventus Coach Antonio Conte and Siena.

Other plea bargains up for consideration today are for former Bari teammates Alessandro Parisi, Marco Rossi, Marco Esposito and other footballers Filippo Carobbio and Carlo Gervasoni.

Carobbio, who was attacked by Conte’s lawyers yesterday, faces a further two months to be added on to his current 24-month ban.

Former Bari Coach Bortolo Mutti and sporting director Guido Angelozzi are also having plea bargains considered today, whilst Sampdoria and Bari will also find out if their respective suggested points deductions of one and  five will be accepted.

Meanwhile, Andrea Ranocchia and Jean-Francois Gillet are face questioning this morning for their alleged involvement in the affair.

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