Saturday August 4 2012
Sampdoria 'forced into plea bargain'

Sampdoria have released a statement explaining they were “forced to accept a plea bargain” in the betting scandal despite proclaiming their innocence.

The Blucerchiati took a plea bargain to start this season with a one-point penalty in Serie A after Stefano Guberti denied committing sporting fraud to fix Bari-Sampdoria on April 23 2011.

“U.C. Sampdoria S.p.a. confirm with great strength and conviction its absolute innocence of accusations levelled in the sporting trial.

“Sampdoria also wish to underline that the procedural strategy of a plea bargain, advised by our lawyers, was a decision we meditated and suffered over.

“The club had wanted to defend itself in the court, fighting every charge levelled at our player, but the current legal system excessively compresses the possibility of staging a full defence.

“Essentially, we would’ve been penalised automatically for ‘direct responsibility’ and we would not have even been allowed to question the accuser.”

This statement follows on from the fierce Juventus attack on the sporting justice system, which it accused of being ‘dictatorial.’

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