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Football: Lazio avoid points deduction as prosecutors request fine and bans for COVID-19 breaches

Football: Lazio avoid points deduction as prosecutors request fine and bans for COVID-19 breaches

Lazio's Adam Marusic celebrates after scoring during the Serie A match between Udinese and Lazio, at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy, Mar 21, 2021. (Photo: AP/Andrea Bressanutti/LaPresse)

ROME: Lazio have avoided a Serie A points deduction after prosecutors requested a €200,000 (US$235,640) fine and lengthy bans for club owner Claudio Lotito and two team doctors as punishment for COVID-19 protocol violations.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) prosecutor requested the fine, a suspension of 13 months and 10 days for Lotito and 16-month bans for doctors Fabio Rodia and Ivo Pulcini at a trial at the national federal court on Friday.

Media reports had previously suggested that the club risked a points deduction or even relegation for breaching league protocols in October and November last year.

A FIGC investigation was opened on Nov 3 over potential violations of protocols regarding COVID-19 testing. The club’s training ground was inspected and swab test results were seized.

On Feb 16, the FIGC charged the club with “violations of federal regulations and a lack of observance of the health protocols in force” and referred Lazio, Lotito, Pulcini and Rodia to the national federal court.

Lazio denied wrongdoing and said in a statement: “We trust in sporting justice.”

The FIGC’s list of violations included failing to promptly report positive cases to the local health authority, failing to stop three players from attending a training session after receiving positive tests and twice failing to enforce a mandatory 10-day isolation period on an asymptomatic player, who was subsequently involved in a Serie A game.


Source: Reuters

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