Napoli win appeal over points

Napoli's two-point deduction for alleged involvement in match-fixing has been overturned on appeal.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 20:16 Post Comment

Paolo Cannavaro: Six-month ban overturned

Paolo Cannavaro: Six-month ban overturned

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Serie A club were deducted two points by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on 18 December for being "objectively responsible" for the actions of former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello, who tried to fix a match with Sampdoria in 2010.

The six-month bans issued to defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava for failing to report an approach from Gianello have also been reversed by the FIGC's appeal court.

The duo are now available for selection against Fiorentina on Sunday, and Cannavaro said: "It's an immense feeling of joy. It was a terrible month, hell. Now this is a release.

"I was in a really bad way. I won't be able to forget what I went through this month. I thank all those who were close to me. I want to thank the club for all that they did, the coach and my team-mates that have consoled me every day."

Napoli will now climb to second in the Italian top-flight above Lazio, leaving them three points behind leaders Juventus.

A statement published on the FIGC's official website also confirmed the initial fine of 70,000 euros issued to the club has also been reduced.

"The two penalty points issued to Napoli have been revoked, but the club will pay a fine of 50,000 euros," it read.

"There are acquittals for Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava, while the disqualification of Matteo Gianello has been reduced from three years and three months to one year and nine months.

"These are the decisions of the Federal Court of Justice following appeals against the judgments made by the Naples branch of the disciplinary committee on match-fixing."

Quoted in the Gazzetta dello Sport, club lawyer Mattia Grassani said: "It's a sensational victory and a really important result.

"Above all, justice has been done and what was unjustly taken from Napoli and its fans has been returned.

"It was a joy to inform president (Aurelio) De Laurentiis after I received the official report from the appeal court.

"This decision closes a really sad story for which Napoli and its players paid a very high price regardless."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool-owned Divock Origi reveals Tottenham snub

Divock Origi has revealed that he rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur to move to Liverpool this summer.

Roy Hodgson calls up Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph to England squad

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his latest England squad with Wayne Rooney confirmed as captain.

Wayne Rooney named as new England captain

Wayne Rooney has been named England's new captain by manager Roy Hodgson.

Mail Box

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property