Friday August 19 2011
Manfredini cleared, Atalanta penalty stays

Atalanta player Thomas Manfredini has been cleared on appeal in the betting scandal, but Cristiano Doni is still banned and the club docked six points.

The Federal Court gave its verdict today on the appeals of those involved in the match-fixing and betting allegations.

There was a significant development, as defender Manfredini went from a three-year ban to being cleared completely.

However, teammate Doni's three-and-a-half-year ban was confirmed along with the fact Atalanta must start the Serie A season from -6 points.

In Lega Pro, Spezia were cleared, so their -1 point start has been removed, while Ravenna President Gianni Fabbri was also cleared.

Benevento's penalty is reduced from nine points to six.

However, Beppe Signori and Marco Paoloni had their five-year bans confirmed on appeal.

This is not the end of the legal road, as it is also possible to lodge another appeal with the National Tribunal of Arbitration for Sport (Tnas) or the High Court of the sporting justice system.

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