Tuesday August 9 2011
Atalanta prepare appeal

Atalanta's lawyers have hit back at the six-point penalty and bans for players in the betting scandal.

Today the FIGC ruled Atalanta will have to begin the new season from -6, while captain Cristiano Doni and defender Thomas Manfredini are both suspended for over three years.

“We will lodge an appeal and I think we'll be able to reduce the penalty points,” said club lawyer Luigi Chiappero.

“Any eventual indirect responsibility of the club should be reduced to an absolute minimum.

“Atalanta will count on the validity of our arguments and hope to slice down the penalty.”

Goalkeeper Marco Paoloni, who was accused of giving his Cremonese teammates a sleeping draught to affect performance, is suspended for five years and potentially banned for life at the end of that.

“Paoloni hoped for the sanction to be reduced,” said his lawyer Luca Curatti.

“For a 27-year-old player, this ban represents the end of his career. The impression we got is that there was a lack of courage.

“The sporting justice system moved too quickly and summarily.”

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