Thursday January 17 2013
Mazzarri and De Laurentiis joy

Walter Mazzarri expressed his joy at the Napoli match-fixing appeal verdict, while it’s revealed President Aurelio De Laurentiis “was decisive.”

Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were cleared of failing to alert authorities to a potential fix, so their six-month bans were wiped out and a two-point penalty quashed.

“First of all, I am very happy for Paolo and Gianluca, who are two lads with exceptional values,” Coach Mazzarri told the official club website.

“They had a terrible Christmas and were the victims of huge injustice. Naturally, I am also happy with our position in the table.

“We earned those two points on the pitch and it would’ve been another injustice if they had been taken away from us.”

Napoli are now level with Lazio in second place, just three points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus.

Lawyer Mattia Grassani also spoke out after the verdict from the Federal Court of Appeal, which took apart the evidence given by former third-choice goalkeeper Matteo Gianello.

“It was a tough decision and took five hours in consultation. We are pleased that the Court read the full dossier and had the strength and inner courage to deliberate in an opposite way to the first degree ruling.

“President De Laurentiis testified personally in this appeal and he strongly wanted to contribute to the case, putting it in his agenda as a priority. He gave testimony that was incisive, piercing, from the gut and the head. I think he was decisive.”

It is reported that when news game through of the verdict, De Laurentiis “let out a shout of joy.”

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