Stefano Mauri will miss Sunday’s Italian Supercoppa, although a final decision on a ban for his alleged part in a match-fixing scandal has yet to be taken.
The Lazio captain faces six months on the sidelines if his appeal against an initial four-and-a-half-year ban is not overturned, but after a full day of discussion and deliberation on Friday, no final decision was made.
Federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi, who initially suggested the lengthier ban for Mauri, led his appeal against the reduced sentence of six months by claiming the Lazio midfielder “is guilty” and that failure to ban him significantly would send out the wrong signal.
“Your decision is particularly important,” he said. “It could signal progress being made in sporting justice. You must help us to overcome the decisions and the failings of the disciplinary committee, which was a terribly erroneous decision.”
Mauri’s defence lawyer Gian Michele Gentile was of the opposite opinion, however.
“I’m very optimistic,” Gentile told Sky television ahead of the hearing. “I expect him to be absolved completely. We are here for him to (be able to) play in the Supercoppa, and maybe even score. He was punished for failing to denounce something, but we can’t understand what exactly and what it is he has done wrong. He’s totally relaxed about it.”
The court adjourned just before 1800 CET, but the panel of judges were unable to reach a unanimous decision on Friday night. Further investigations will be necessary before the case is closed, but in the meantime, Mauri is ineligible to play, meaning he misses Sunday’s Supercoppa against Juventus.