Tuesday December 18 2012
Napoli lawyer: Bans are unjust

A lawyer representing Napoli has claimed that the points deduction, bans and hefty fine for failing to report an incident of match-fixing are 'unjust'.

Captain Paolo Cannavaro and vice-captain Gianluca Grava have both been handed six month suspension for failing to report an alleged incident of match-fixing in 2010 when former goalkeeper Mattia Gianello reportedly approached the pair before a game against Sampdoria.

The club has also been given a two point penalty and a €70,000 fine.

But the legal representative has admitted that the sentences handed out are 'unjust'.

“There is no liability from the club,” Mattia Grassani told Radio 24. “Gianello did not play a single a minute during the 2009-2010 season, yet the club has been sentenced for failing to supervise or control their player.

“I think this is an unjust sentence and completely inadequate.

“The Neapolitan club have suffered financial losses and also damages to their image and on the field of play – these are all reasons for compensation once the justice system has finished its investigation.”

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