Thursday January 17 2013
Napoli, Cannavaro, Grava win appeals

Napoli have had their two-point penalty annulled on appeal in the match-fixing scandal with Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava also cleared.

The club had been docked two points and fined €70,000 by the Disciplinary Commission, while ex-third choice goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was banned for three years and three months.

He claimed that he had offered a potential fix to Cannavaro and Grava for the Sampdoria-Napoli match in May 2010, but that the pair turned him down point-blank.

The two teammates were banned for six months for failing to report the attempted fix to authorities, but insisted they had never even been approached.

Napoli took their appeal to the Federal Court and this evening the two-point penalty was wiped out, while Cannavaro and Grava have been exonerated. Gianello's ban was reduced to 21 months.

This puts Napoli back into second place, just three points adrift of leaders Juventus and on a par with Lazio.

It also means the two players will be available straight away after a month in the stands. Napoli's fine has been reduced to €50,000.

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