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Italian third division side Nocerina have been thrown out of the league as a consequence of their farcical derby match with Salernitana last November.

Having initially refused to play after being threatened by their fans, who had been banned from attending the local derby, Nocerina's players eventually forced the game to be abandoned.

Three players were substituted in the first few minutes of the game with a further five feigning injuries and forcing the game to be abandoned after 21 minutes with the visitors reduced to six men.

Salernitana were later awarded a 3-0 win and the the Italian FA's (FIGC) has now decided to exclude Nocerina from the league, with immediate effect.

Furthermore, the club's coaches Gaetano Fontana and Salvatore Fusco have been banned for three years and six months while five players have been handed a one-year suspension.

Club president Luigi Benevento, general manager Luigi Pavarese and club doctor Giovanni Rosati have also been banned for three years and six months. Nocerina have also been fined 10,000 euros.

All other clubs in the Lega Pro will be informed of the FIGC decision on Wednesday with results involving Nocerina this season cancelled and the league reduced in size accordingly.

Nocerina will have to apply for a licence to play at a lower level from the start of next season.



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