Skipper loses appeal to reduce ban.
Lazio skipper Stefano Mauri has had his six month ban for his alleged involvement in a match fixing scandal extended to nine months after losing out on an appeal to have the sentence reduced, the Daily Mail reports.
The 33-year-old was suspended by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in August after a prosecutor’s investigation into Lazio’s league games against Genoa and Lecce in 2011 determined that he had failed to report his knowledge of match-fixing in the latter game.
Mauri sought to clear his name and return to the pitch for the Roman club, whom he has played for since 2006, but the rejection of his appeal on Wednesday has prompted a heavier penalty that rules him out until May 2014, meaning he will miss the entire season.
He is expected to take up the matter with Italy’s National Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In a statement the FIGC also confirmed Lazio’s appeal against a 40,000 euro fine – issued in August for their objective liability in the case – had been turned down, and as a result, the FIGC increased the fine to 50,000 euros.
Mauri played for Lazio when they beat Genoa 4-2 at the Stadio Olympico on May 14, 2011 and eight days later the midfielder turned out in a victory by the same scoreline against Lecce.
Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had originally requested a six-point deduction for Lazio. Lecce, now in the Italian third tier, were fined 20,000 euros in August while Serie A side Genoa were cleared of any wrongdoing.