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Benevento sack Marco Baroni, named Roberto De Zerbi manager

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Marco Baroni has been sacked by Benevento.

BENEVENTO, Italy -- Benevento fired Marco Baroni and named Roberto De Zerbi their new coach after becoming the first squad in Serie A history to lose their first nine matches of the season.

The southern Italian club are the only team in Europe's five major leagues without a point.

Benevento also announced they fired sporting director Salvatore Di Somma.

The moves on Monday came a day after a 3-0 home loss to Fiorentina.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Benevento will have to pay Baroni €800,000...

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Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni faces four-year ban after failing doping test

Fabio Lucioni helped Benevento win promotion to Serie A last season.

Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni risks a four-year ban from football after testing positive for a banned substance.

Lucioni was provisionally suspended by Italy's national anti-doping organisation on Friday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento's 1-0 loss to Torino on Sept. 10.

"While waiting for all the verifications of the matter to be carried out, I'll limit myself to saying that I have only followed the prescriptions of Benevento's club doctor and that I have...