Tuesday December 18 2012
Napoli docked points, duo banned

The betting match fixing investigation has seen Napoli docked two points, while Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava have been banned for six months.

The Italian Football Federation confirmed the punishments this morning, while also fining the club €70,000.

The outfit were put on trial as part of the probe into match-fixing given the actions of their former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello.

It’s alleged that Gianello tried to fix a May 2010 match against Sampdoria, by asking Cannavaro and Grava to participate.

The duo, however, are said to have refused, but they have been charged with failing to report the match-fixing attempt.

Cannavaro and Grava have insisted they knew nothing of Gianello’s intentions.

The custodian, currently with no club, was also banned for three years and three months today.

Given that Gianello was with Napoli at the time, the FIGC have punished the Azzurri for being ‘objectively responsible’.

Napoli have now slipped from joint third to fifth in the standings.

Napoli are set to appeal, as are the two players still on their books.