Monday December 10 2012
'Napoli are based of sound principles'

Napoli administrator Andrea Chiavelli has responded to suggestions earlier today that the club should be punished for failing to report match-fixing.

Italian Football Federation prosecutors had asked for the Partenopei to be docked one point and Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava to be banned for nine months after they allegedly failed to report former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello for trying to fix a match against Sampdoria in 2010.

But the board member has tried to distance the club from those allegations, by claiming the team have always been transparent in matters.

“The current incarnation of Napoli is only eight years old,” he told reporters. “And since then has based themselves on transparency and sound principles.

“The damage this could cause the club is great.

“We will be deprived of two members of the squad and suffer a points penalty whilst the season is still in progress.”

Both Napoli players have insisted they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

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