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 By Ben Gladwell

Serie B introduces green cards for referees to reward good behaviour

Good behaviour is to be rewarded in Serie B this season with referees given a new green card to brandish when players conduct themselves well.

In addition to the normal yellow and red cards, referees are to carry a green card to show in an attempt to promote fair play and sporting gestures.

According to La Stampa, the new system -- which is being introduced on a trial basis -- will come in to effect around the fourth or fifth round of matches.

The innovative idea is for players who conduct themselves...

 By Ben Gladwell

Catania facing possible relegation amid match-fixing case

Antonino Pulvirenti is the president of  Catania.

The state prosecutor studying the case of Italian Serie B club Catania, whose president Antonino Pulvirenti admitted to buying wins for his side last season, has suggested they be relegated and docked five points in the third division this coming campaign.

Stefano Palazzi, who also ruled on the relegation of Juventus to Serie B in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, has also suggested Pulvirenti be banned from stepping foot inside a football ground for the next five years.

Palazzi's demands will now be...

 By Ben Gladwell

Simone Scuffet dreaming about future transfer to Roma

Simone Scuffet has joined Como on loan from Udinese.

Como goalkeeper Simone Scuffet says he can imagine a future at Roma as he prepares for his first season away from home -- a year after he turned down the opportunity to join Atletico Madrid.

Scuffet, 19, had an offer from the Spanish club 12 months ago which would have seen him multiply the salary he was on at Udinese. However, following discussions with his family, he chose to stay put in Friuli and finish school in Italy.

After catching the eye with his performances in Serie A for Udinese during...

 By Ben Gladwell

Serie B club Catania up for sale amid Antonino Pulvirenti match-fixing case

Antonino Pulvirenti is the president of Catania.

The president of Italian second division club Catania, Antonino Pulvirenti, has announced his intention to sell the club after receiving death threats, which he said led to him buying matches last season.

Pulvirenti is still waiting to hear if he will be prosecuted after admitting to buying results for his club when they were at risk of a second straight relegation. He spent time in custody before being released on home arrest once he confessed to investigators.

The 53-year-old is hoping some lenience...

Sampdoria president: Pulvirenti should be banned forever after fixing

Antonino Pulvirenti has been in court over match-fixing claims.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has launched a scathing attack on the president of Serie B club Catania, Antonino Pulvirenti, after the latter admitted fixing five of his side's matches for €100,000 each last season.

Pulvirenti is currently facing both criminal and sporting charges and Ferrero hopes he is punished severely on both accounts for what he has done.

"Pulvirenti should be banned from football forever," he told Radio 24. "How can he even dare to do things like that, soiling the...