Friday July 5 2013
Bari plea bargain in betting scandal

Bari will begin the Serie B season from -1 and prosecutors demand a four-year ban for Jean-Francois Gillet in the new betting trial.

The inquiry into alleged match-fixing and links with betting syndicates overseas continues with the games around Bari.

Bari have taken a plea bargain to begin the new season from -1 in Serie B and pay a €25,000 fine.

Former Bari and Juventus assistant manager Cristian Stellini also took out a plea-bargain for a further six-month ban on top of earlier charges.

Nicola Santoni’s plea bargain is for nine months, but ex-Bari goalkeeper Gillet (now at Torino) could be banned for four years.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi also requested a nine-month ban for Paulo Vitor Barreto, plus four years for Davide Lanzafame and Massimo Ganci.

However, today Lanzafame saw his plea bargain accepted and will be suspended for 16 months with a €40,000 fine.

Former Bari midfielder Alessandro Gazzi tried to take a plea bargain of two months, 20 days and a €20,000 fine, but it was rejected by the Disciplinary Commission.

Also rejected were plea bargain requests by Andrea Masiello and Marco Esposito.

The inquiry surrounds two games: Bari 0-1 Treviso on May 11 2008 and Salernitana 3-2 Bari on May 23 2009.

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