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Treviso win helps Juventus chip away at 17-point penalty

AFP AND DPA , ROME AND MILAN

Juventus chipped further away at their 17 point penalty for match-fixing by winning 1-0 at Treviso on Monday, their fifth straight victory in Serie B.

Former Inter Milan midfielder Cristiano Zanetti scored the only goal of the game, sweeping home Mauro Camoranesi's right-wing cross in the 31st minute.

Italy international Alessandro Del Piero, looking for his 200th goal in a Juventus shirt, had several chances to score but lacked his usual accuracy.

Juve's win left them on minus one point after their six matches played, 16 points behind leaders Genoa who have played one game more.

Juventus were demoted to Italy's second division and forced to start with a heavy points handicap for their involvement in the Serie A match-fixing scandal.

They were also stripped of the league titles they won in 2005-2006 and 2004-2005 and denied entry into the Champions League.

Juventus have made their final appeal to the Italian Olympic Committee's Court of Arbitration -- the highest authority in the Italian sports justice system -- and could see their points deduction reduced at the end of the month if successful.

Meanwhile, a spate of red cards and bookings have marked the early part of the Serie A season as referees stick to a hard line set down by their association.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday that 354 yellow cards were shown to players after six league games, a 52 percent increase compared to the previous season. Dismissals also more than doubled, from 13 to 28.

The number of fouls committed after six rounds has increased from 2,183 last year to 2,287, which does not mirror the rise in game sanctions.

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