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