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August 2, 2013 – 7:58 pm | Views: 971

ROME (AP) — Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has been banned for six months by the Italian soccer federation for his part in a match-fixing scandal.

Stefano Mauri

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2010 file photo Lazio’s Stefano Mauri controls the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at Rome’s Olympic stadium. Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has been banned Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 for six months by the Italian football federation for his part in the match-fixing scandal.(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, file)

Mauri was one of eight players accused of rigging the Serie A games between Lazio-Genoa and Lecce-Lazio in May 2011 and for failing to report match-fixing. He was found guilty for his role in the Lecce match.

Mauri says he will appeal the ban.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had asked for a 4½-year suspension. He also wanted Lazio to be docked six points, and Genoa and Lecce three points each. However, the federation fined Lazio $53,000 and Lecce $26,000. Genoa was cleared.

Alessandro Zamperini, who was already banned for five years, received an additional two-year suspension.

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