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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 17, 2006

Reggina avoids demotion from Serie A

ROME -- Reggina escaped demotion from Serie A but received a 15-point penalty Thursday from a sports tribunal in the latest ruling resulting from Italy's game-fixing scandal.

Reggina, which finished 15th in Serie A last season, was indicted on game-fixing charges this month. A prosecutor had asked the tribunal to relegate Reggina to Serie B in addition to penalizing the team 15 points.

The tribunal also penalized Serie B team Arezzo nine points, the Italian soccer federation said. Arezzo finished seventh in the second division last season.

The corruption scandal has resulted in point sanctions or relegation for four of Italy's top clubs. The four teams have appealed.

Juventus was stripped of its last two Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B with a 17-point penalty for next season. Fiorentina and Lazio will be banned from European competition this season and will start with 19- and 11-point penalties. AC Milan was allowed to play in the European Champions League but was docked eight points.

Italy's soccer season already has been delayed by two weeks because of the scandal. Serie A and B are to start Sept. 9-10.

Prosecutors in Naples, Rome, Parma and Turin also are conducting separate criminal investigations into sports fraud, illegal betting and false bookkeeping, but any indictments could take months.

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