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Reggina hit with 15 point penalty but stay in Serie A

AFP , ROME

Reggina, the latest club to be implicated in the Italian match-fixing scandal, survived demotion from Serie A on Thursday but were penalized 15 points for the new campaign, an Italian Football Federation (FIGC) tribunal decided.

The club's president Lillo Foti, three referees, two assistant referees and another official had been targeted by prosecutors who accused them of trying to predetermine the result of six matches last season.

Italian Football Federation prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had asked the sporting tribunal to hand the club a points penalty for the season ahead, but also wanted them relegated.

Reggina, who were also fined 100,000 euros (US$128,000), have survived the fate which befell Juventus, dumped into the second tier of Italian football for their role in the scandal.

Foti was suspended from footballing activity for two years and six months, as well as being fined 30,000 euros.

"The fact that the tribunal has kept Reggina in Serie A is recognition of the sacrifices made by the team," Foti told the ANSA news agency. "I reaffirm my innocence."

As part of the investigation, Serie B side Arezzo were also facing demotion to the third tier.

They have maintained their Serie B status, but with a nine-point deduction.

They were punished after suspicions were raised over their 1-0 win over Salernitana in the 2004-2005 season.

Assistant referee Stefano Titomanlio and Gennaro Mazzei, a former FIGC official in charge of assigning linesmen, were suspended for three years.

Leonardo Meani, a former AC Milan official, was handed a three month ban.

Earlier this summer, AC Milan were docked eight points for the season ahead and 30 points from last season's finish relegating them from second to third place.

They retained their Serie A place while Juventus face a season at least in Serie B, and will start the campaign with a 17-point penalty.

Lazio and Fiorentina both face double-figure point penalties in Serie A.

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