Points Deduction for Napoli

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The Italian football club Napoli will in all probability be deducted two points as punishment for attempted bribery three seasons ago.

The former goalkeeper of Napoli, Matteo Gianello declared to the Italian Football Federation on Monday that he tried to influence a league game against Sampdoria.

Sampdoria had to win the match to qualify for the preliminary round of the Champions League, which also happened. The home team from Genoa won the match 1-0 through a goal from the current AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini.

Besides Gianello, the Napoli defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava also spoke to the Italian Football Federation on Monday. Both the current Napoli captain Cannavaro and Grava have indicated in a statement to have not had anything to do with the incident. Despite this statement both players run the risk of being suspended for nine months.

Napoli is still playing in the upper echelons of Serie A. A possible points deduction could cost the club from Naples dearly as the team coached by Walter Mazzarri is in fifth place in Italy ten points behind the leader Juventus.

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