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Pescara and four players punished for match-fixing

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) yesterday handed down a two-point deduction to Pescara for their role in the ongoing sports-betting, match-fixing scandal known as Calcioscommesse.

Pescara were promoted to Serie A at the end of the season just finished, and will kick off the 2012-13 campaign in the top flight with minus two points.

In addition, Novara, who were relegated to Serie B, were handed a four-point penalty and third-tier Albinoleffe – the small club at the heart of the investigation – were deducted 15 points.

Four players were also handed bans by the FIGC’s disciplinary committee.

Luigi Sartor, who played for Inter, Parma and Roma but is now retired, was banned from all footballing activity for five years along with Mario Cassano, Alessandro Zamperini and Nicola Santoni.

These bans are the longest handed down in the investigation so far. In total the FIGC have so far punished 21 teams and 52 players.

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