Lazio risk being removed from the Champions League if a betting investigation steps up, warned Federbet.
The Aquile beat Napoli 4-2 on Sunday to secure third place and entry into the Champions League play-off.
However, the general secretary of Federbet – an international non-profit federation representing operators and consumers in the battle against match-fixing – warned that could change.
Francesco Baranca presented his report to the EU today and declared “Lazio risk exclusion from European competition.
“There has been talk of this for weeks, since Hristiyan Ilievski decided to return to Italy and speak to the magistrates in Cremona.”
Ilievski has been considered the chief of a betting syndicate involved in trying to fix games in Italy.
Above all, his testimony could re-open a case looking into a match between Genoa and Lazio in 2011.
Aquile captain Stefano Mauri already sat out a six-month ban for failing to alert the authorities to a potential fix.
He denied all wrong-doing, while the authorities originally tried to impose a three-year ban for actively participating in the fix.
If Lazio were to be removed, the Champions League position would go to the next team down the table - Fiorentina.
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