Thursday January 17 2013
Napoli are innocent, insists ADL

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis insists he “can’t accept” the betting punishments that his club are appealing against today.

The Azzurri have been docked two points, as well as having Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava banned for six months as part of the match-fixing probe.

“I'm here because I believe in justice, despite the recent events,” stated the Stadio San Paolo President as he arrived for the hearing.

“We were innocent before being sentenced with the two point penalty, as well as the suspensions of our players.

“I can not accept this, also because they are fundamental to our game and the team has suffered serious damage.

“We are willing to go down all roads in order for our arguments to be heard. We as a club and the players should be acquitted.”

The outfit were put on trial as part of the investigation 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.

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